Journal of Clinical Geropsychology

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 91–110 | Cite as

Impact of Psychoeducational Interventions on Distressed Family Caregivers

  • ***MISSING END TAG*** Gallagher-Thompson
  • Steven Lovett
  • Jonathan Rose
  • Christine McKibbin
  • David Coon
  • Andrew Futterman
  • Larry W. Thompson


This study compared the effectiveness of two active interventions to a waiting-list control condition to reduce depression and burden and increase use of adaptive coping strategies in family caregivers (N = 161) of physically and/or cognitively impaired older adults. Chi-square analysis of change in depression status from pre- to postintervention showed a higher percentage of improvement among participants in the increasing life satisfaction psychoeducational condition compared to the improvement rate in either the problem-solving psychoeducational class or the wait-list condition. Change in coping strategies and subjective level of burden also differed by group, with participants in the class conditions reporting more frequent use of cognitive or behavioral coping strategies, and less subjective burden, from pre- to postintervention. There was no change in either avoidant coping or perceived stress over time. Results show that intervention programs targeted to improve specific coping skills and psychological symptoms can have a significant impact on caregivers' distress.

caregiving depression coping burden cognitive impairment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • ***MISSING END TAG*** Gallagher-Thompson
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Steven Lovett
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jonathan Rose
    • 1
    • 2
  • Christine McKibbin
    • 1
    • 2
  • David Coon
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrew Futterman
    • 4
  • Larry W. Thompson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Geriatric ResearchEducation, and Clinical Center (GRECC), VA Palo Alto Health Care SystemPalo Alto
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University School of MedicineStanford
  3. 3.Division of Endocrinology, Gerontology and MetabolismStanford University School of MedicineStanford
  4. 4.College of the Holy CrossWorcester

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