ERIC Number: ED251751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Stress Management Training for Hospice Personnel: An Exploratory Study.
Clark, Susan; And Others
There is very little published research specifically addressing the stress management skills of hospice caregivers. In order to ascertain if breathing exercises, biofeedback training, relaxation exercises, and cognitive therapy would be beneficial, pre- and post-treatment questionnaires and six 30-minute treatment sessions were administered to hospice personnel (N=5) who provide care for patients and their families in the home. The results of the study indicated that hospice personnel perceived themselves as more self-sufficient, self-reliant, and outgoing following the stress management training. Physiological measurements confirmed the subjects' self-reports of being more relaxed. Reportedly fewer stressors were experienced and less of the subjects' state of health was attributed to chance factors. Generalization occurred when the hospice personnel initiated stress management techniques with their patients, reported feeling less confused and more competent in their work environment, and perceived their occupation as less stressful. (Assessment instruments and training session materials are appended, including a Daily Living Stress Index and a Physiological Profile and Questionnaire. (Author/LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hospice Care
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (30th, Anaheim, CA, March 17-21, 1984).