Treatment Options for Improving Wellbeing in Dementia Family Caregivers: The Case for Psychoeducational Interventions.

  • Depp C
  • Krisztal E
  • Cardenas V
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Abstract

This paper provides an empirical and conceptual rationale for the relative advantages of psychoeducational programs versus support groups for caregivers of people with dementia. The need for interventions that improve the well being of caregivers is well documented. We reviewed studies that have directly compared support-based and psychoeducational interventions. Two major strengths of psychoeducational interventions are their emphasis on training caregivers in a variety of cognitive and behavioral skills for coping with caregiving, and their adaptability to caregivers from diverse backgrounds. We present an overview of how caregiver training can be tailored to suit individual needs. Specific examples for working with ethnically diverse caregivers are also offered. Finally, recommendations for the translation of psychoeducational research to clinical practice are provided. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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Authors

  • Colin Depp

  • Erica Krisztal

  • Veronica Cardenas

  • Miguel Oportot

  • Brent Mausbach

  • Christian Ambler

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