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ERIC Number: ED261310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 11
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Caregiving for Dementia in Family Members: Caregiving Burden and Prospects for Effective Intervention.
Maiden, Robert J.; And Others
Caring for a family member with dementia is a major source of stress for the caregiver. To assess the impact of caring for an impaired family member and to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs, 34 caregivers of relatives with dementia completed an amended form of the Philadelphia Geriatric Center's Caregiver Survey and two psychosocial measures assessing depression and social mastery. The Caregiver Survey assessed family history, the impaired person's problems, caregiving, social support, caregiver characteristics, and caregiver goals. Results of the survey indicated that the key factor affecting level of caregiver depression was the level of cognitive impairment in the care receiver. Depressed caregivers were characterized as being socially isolated and unassertive while nondepressed caregivers were more likely to be employed, to have paid help, and to participate in support groups. Although high social mastery caregivers were more likely to report being able to assess the care receiver's needs, handle caregiving problems, and participate in other activities, they were also more likely to be caring for a distant relative rather than a parent or spouse. These results suggest that caring for an impaired close relative clearly increases one's feelings of stress and burden and decreases one's feelings of mastery. These findings further suggest that intervention strategies should involve aggressive case management, counseling, and supportive therapy. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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