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Caring for Family Caregivers in Australia: A Model of Psychoeducational Support

  • Cynthia L. Schultz (a1), Kosmas X. Smyrnios (a1), Carolyn F. Grbich (a2) and Noel C. Schultz (a3)

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The present paper describes and traces the emergence of an innovative psychoeducational model of support for family caregivers of dependent elderly persons, its associated systematic evaluation and leadership training process, provides details of a small group programme and its underlying philosophy, and reports on outcome evaluation research ascertained from both quantitative and qualitative data analyses. Details of these analyses are presented within the context provided by a three-level model of support, which recruits and trains professionals from a range of disciplines to help families in caregiving situations. The 72 treatment and 29 waiting-list control subjects were assessed at pretreatment and at posttest on measures of anxiety and psychological well-being. Statistically significant differences emerged between the treatment and waiting-list control groups on these measures. Positive changes for programme participants were further demonstrated by contextual analysis of evaluative responses. Implications for practitioners, educators, and policy specialists, as well as for research and programme development are discussed.

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Caring for Family Caregivers in Australia: A Model of Psychoeducational Support

  • Cynthia L. Schultz (a1), Kosmas X. Smyrnios (a1), Carolyn F. Grbich (a2) and Noel C. Schultz (a3)

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