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The European voice for informal carers

Physical & mental health exploring the implications of informal caregiving

The link between informal care and both physical and mental health has been widely recognised. Previous studies have predominantly highlighted the adverse effects of caregiving on carers’ wellbeing, with a particular emphasis on the stress and burden involved. The provision of care to a dependent family member, friend or neighbour often exhibits all the characteristics of a chronic stress experience. This is due to the prolonged period of physical and psychological strain it generates, the unpredictability and lack of control involved, the potential for secondary stress in various aspects of life such as work and social relationships, and the need for continuous vigilance.

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Published in June 2023

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