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ERIC Number: ED262325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 13
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Designing and Evaluating Social Support Interventions: New Dimensions for Consideration.
Mitchell, Roger E.
As research on social support and informal helping has increased, there have been more calls for consultation efforts that might strengthen informal helping networks. Many support-oriented consultation interventions attempt to bolster informal helping systems by modifying informal caregivers' attitudes toward their helping role, building their helping skills, and/or altering the structure of their network ties. A review of work on consultation efforts with informal caregivers from an ecological perspective suggests five issues deserving more attention in the planning and evaluation of support-oriented interventions: (1) whether intervention efforts introduce changes in the types of people helped by informal caregivers; (2) whether intervention efforts change informal caregivers' relationships with other network members who might be potential caregivers; (3) the costs and consequences to the caregiver, and ways to minimize the costs of assuming a caregiving role; (4) the influence of the social context on the maintenance of change in informal caregivers' actions; and (5) determining which forms of collaboration have the most beneficial impact on both the formal and informal caregiving systems. As researchers continue to conduct research in the community on such support efforts, they should increase their effectiveness as advocates for programs which strengthen natural helping systems. (NRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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