Subjective quality of life and perceived control in carers of people with mental illness: pre and post participation in an educational course

Education Caregivers Australia

Whilst there are both positive and negative experiences associated with caregiving, it is the negatives that are more likely to impact on subjective quality of life. A number of literature reviews have concluded that studies have consistently found that mental illness produced significant burden and distress in family members. Subjective quality of life is a concept used to reflect individuals' judgements of satisfaction with a number of areas of their life. Such judgements of life satisfaction, or subjective quality of life, are a useful tool for describing the well-being of various populations and monitoring change within populations. Hence, subjective quality of life can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and policies.

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