Partners in Caregiving
Counseling and Student Personnel
This article presents the results of a randomized trial to test a psychoeducation intervention's ability to relieve or forestall dementia caregiver distress over a one-year period. We also introduce a global measure of caregiver distress developed during the trial. Based in a stress mediation framework, the intervention aimed to increase care-giver knowledge and skills and develop a more clinical perspective on caregiving through a six-week (2-hour per week) program. A total of 215 dyads (caregivers and care receivers) were randomized into two experimental groups and a wait-list control group. Results confirm the assertion that strengthening caregivers' ability to better understand and undertake their caregiving role staves off increasing distress (p = .035) and improves caregiving attitude (p = .016) at 6 months. However, at one-year, between-group effects deteriorated on key measures, pointing out an inherent weakness of offering a stand-alone program. The Distress measure demonstrated stability at six months (coefficient = .75) and twelve months (coefficient = .72).
Hepburn, K. W.., Lewis, M., Kirk, L. N., Narayan, S., Center, B., Lindstrom Bremer, K., & Tornatore, J. (2006). Partners in Caregiving. Clinical Gerontologist, 29(1), 53-69. doi: 10.1300/J018v29n01_05
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Copyright © 2005 The Haworth Press, Inc. Article published by Taylor and Francis in Clinical Gerontologist, volume 29, issue number 1, 2006, pages 53-69. Available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J018v29n01_05.