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Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education


The onset of depressive symptoms is common in home care clients and their caregivers. Understanding the experience of the informal caregiver can assist clinicians in providing services to maximize the well-being of both the client and their caregivers. The objectives of this article are to examine risk factors for the development of depressive symptoms. A longitudinal analysis design was completed for clients with 2+ assessments. The development of depressive symptoms was defined as a Depression Rating Scale score of 3+ on re-assessment. The results-overall, 10.7% of clients experienced new depressive symptoms and clients with a caregiver who was feeling distressed, angry, or depressed were 45% more likely to develop symptoms.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Health Care Services Quarterly in 2018, available at:”