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dc.contributor.authorVitlic, Anaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorLord, Janet Men_UK
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Angela Een_UK
dc.contributor.authorArlt, Wiebkeen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBartlett, David Ben_UK
dc.contributor.authorRossi, Alessandraen_UK
dc.contributor.authorArora-Duggal, Niharikaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWelham, Aliceen_UK
dc.contributor.authorHeald, Maryen_UK
dc.contributor.authorOliver, Chrisen_UK
dc.contributor.authorCarroll, Douglasen_UK
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, Anna Cen_UK
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-01T01:00:43Z-
dc.date.available2019-11-01T01:00:43Z-
dc.date.issued2016-02en_UK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30389-
dc.description.abstractObjective The present study examined the effects of caregiving stress and ageing on neutrophil function in young and older individuals. Design As a model of caregiving, young parents (aged 38.3 ± 4.78) of children with developmental disabilities were recruited and compared to older caregivers (aged 70 ± 6.03), full time carers of a spouse with dementia. Age‐ and gender‐matched controls were also assessed. Methods Participants completed a questionnaire pack assessing health behaviours, psychosocial status and caregiving characteristics, and provided a blood sample for assay of neutrophil function (phagocytosis of Escherichia coli and generation of reactive oxygen species to E. coli). Results Despite scoring poorly on the majority of psychological and caregiving variables, neutrophil function in caregivers was comparable to that in controls and was unexpectedly higher in older adults when compared to younger adults overall. However, those caregivers who reported higher psychological morbidity (depression, perceived stress, poor sleep quality), and more burdensome caregiving showed some evidence of poorer neutrophil phagocytic function. Conclusion To our knowledge, this is the first study to examine the effect of caregiving stress on neutrophil function in young and older participants simultaneously. Overall, neutrophil function was preserved in caregivers with neutrophil phagocytosis compromised only in those with the highest levels of distress. This suggests that, in future studies, more attention should be paid to individual differences among caregivers rather than caregiving status per se.en_UK
dc.language.isoenen_UK
dc.publisherWileyen_UK
dc.relationVitlic A, Lord JM, Taylor AE, Arlt W, Bartlett DB, Rossi A, Arora-Duggal N, Welham A, Heald M, Oliver C, Carroll D & Phillips AC (2016) Neutrophil function in young and old caregivers. British Journal of Health Psychology, 21 (1), pp. 173-189. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12156en_UK
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dc.subjectageingen_UK
dc.subjectcaregivingen_UK
dc.subjectstressen_UK
dc.subjectneutrophilsen_UK
dc.titleNeutrophil function in young and old caregiversen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.rights.embargodate2999-12-31en_UK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1111/bjhp.12156en_UK
dc.identifier.pmid26285690en_UK
dc.citation.jtitleBritish Journal of Health Psychologyen_UK
dc.citation.issn2044-8287en_UK
dc.citation.issn1359-107Xen_UK
dc.citation.volume21en_UK
dc.citation.issue1en_UK
dc.citation.spage173en_UK
dc.citation.epage189en_UK
dc.citation.publicationstatusPublisheden_UK
dc.citation.peerreviewedRefereeden_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.funderEuropean Commissionen_UK
dc.author.emaila.c.whittaker@stir.ac.uken_UK
dc.citation.date19/08/2015en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Birminghamen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Birminghamen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Birminghamen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Birminghamen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Birminghamen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Birminghamen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Birminghamen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Birminghamen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Birminghamen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Birminghamen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Birminghamen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Birminghamen_UK
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000367827800010en_UK
dc.identifier.scopusid2-s2.0-84954370037en_UK
dc.identifier.wtid1414408en_UK
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-5461-0598en_UK
dc.date.accepted2015-07-19en_UK
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dc.date.filedepositdate2019-07-19en_UK
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