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Health Education and Promotion


David M. Brown


Burnout syndrome is a psychological disorder characterized by physical, emotional, and mental distress and exhaustion resulting in feelings of depression, anxiety, irritability, and negative attitudes. If left unattended, burnout syndrome can lead to new or worsening health outcomes. The purpose of this nonexperimental quantitative study was to examine the relationship between stress self-management, perceived social support, health status, and burden among Puerto Rican informal caregivers. The theoretical foundations for this research were the informal caregiving integrative model and the individual and family self-management theory. Survey data were collected from 415 participants. Multiple regression analyses were performed to determine the relationship between the predictor variables (stress self-management and perceived social support) and dependent variables (self-rated health and caregiver burden). Results showed that higher levels of stress self-management and perceived social support were significant predictors of informal caregivers’ self-rated health and burden. Results suggested that addressing the stress self-management and social support of informal caregivers may improve their health and reduce their burden. Findings may prompt health education and promotion strategies to raise awareness of the experiences and needs of informal caregivers and to develop initiatives for the prevention of burnout syndrome among this community.