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Midlife Care Givers: Effectiveness of a Psychoeducationallntervention for Midlife Adults With Parent-Care Responsibilities

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jane E. Myers, Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to develop, implement, and evaluate a psychoeducational group intervention that addressed the needs of adult children caring for aging parents. The intervention consisted of four 2-hour sessions and included 70 care givers, 54 to 72 years of age, who were currently caring for a parent 60 years of age or older. A delayed-treatment, control-group design with follow-up after a 4-week interval was used to study three primary variables identified through an extensive literature review as essential for care givers. These included knowledge, care giver burden, and skill development. Skill development did not change following participation, nor did care giver burden variables measured. Significant increases were found at the .05 level for knowledge, overall coping resources, and self-disclosure following group participation.

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Publication
Journal of Counseling and Development, 72(6), 627-632.
Language: English
Date: 1994
Keywords
Midlife care, Intervention, Counseling, Older people, Adults