The effects of a support group on dementia caregivers' burden and depression

Hsin Chu, Chyn-Yng Yang, Yen Hsueh Liao, Lu-I Chang, Chiung Hua Chen, Chun Chieh Lin, Kuei-Ru Chou

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of the study is to investigate the effects of a support group on depression levels and burden among dementia caregivers in Taiwan. Method: An experimental, pre-intervention postintervention control group design was used in this study. The experimental group received intervention consisting of a 12-week support group for dementia caregivers. A total of 85 subjects were evaluated before intervention, after intervention, and at 1-month follow-up. Results: (a) The depression level of participants in the experimental group was significantly decreased after the intervention and at 1-month follow-up. (b) There was no significant difference in caregiver's burden after the support group intervention and 1-month follow-up. Discussion: The improvement in dementia caregivers' depression levels shows that the support group was effective for reducing caregivers' depression although not effective for relieving their burden of care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-241
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Caregiving
  • Dementia
  • Nursing
  • Support group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Community and Home Care

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