Partners' support has been associated with both patients' increased and decreased inclination toward health-promoting behaviors. Our hypothesis for understanding this enigma is that it is the interplay between partners' manner of care provision and patients' ability to accept these care efforts that may best predict patients' adherence. Thus, the current study's main goal was to examine the contribution of the interaction between caregivers' support style (sensitive and compulsive) and cardiac patients' sense of relational entitlement (restricted, excessive, assertive, entitlement expectations) to patients' medication adherence. The Adult Caregiving Questionnaire, the Sense of Relational Entitlement Scale, and the Medication Adherence Report Scale were administered to 114 cardiac patients and their partners, during patients' hospitalizations and 6 months later. The lowest levels of medication adherence were detected among patients high on restricted entitlement who were married to partners high on compulsive caregiving style. These findings strengthen our claim that it is the interaction between recipients' personality and providers' support style which explain self-regulatory processes that arise during times of family medical crises.
- Acute coronary syndrome
- Caregiving styles
- Medication adherence
- Sense of relational entitlement