Factors affecting a non-professional carer's happiness.
The aim of the current study was to investigate factors affecting a non-professional carer's happiness.
Non-professional carers are providing intensive care, often at the expense of their own physical and mental health. Failure to care for the non professional carer will arguably lead to secondary problems, in which the carer is no longer physically or emotionally fit to perform their duties. Central to the maintenance of the non-professional carer’s health is how the individual experiences the quality of their lives. The aim of this project was to identify the effect of three factors: self efficacy, autonomy and contact time on the carer’s well-being.
In accordance with the literature, this study demonstrated that the higher a non-professional carer’s belief in their ability to perform their caring duties, while simultaneously exercising control over their environment, the better the quality of their caring experience and the happier they felt. In regard to contact time, the results are less conclusive, with data suggesting a slight positive relationship between time spent performing their caring duties and their sense of well-being.