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Analysis of Group Session Processes in a Faith-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for African-American Caregivers

Title: Analysis of Group Session Processes in a Faith-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for African-American Caregivers .
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Name(s): Mendoza, Jackelynn, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2017-12-08
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Most adults with dementia (80%) are cared for in the home by family members referred to as caregivers. The proportion of primary family caregivers is highest in minority communities, especially African Americans. The demands of caring for a family member with dementia are typically high and have been found to lead to depression and health-related problems (e.g., new hypertension). Although several studies have shown cognitive-behavioral intervention leads to reduction of emotional distress in dementia caregivers, results are inconsistent in the treatment of depressive symptoms in the African-American dementia caregiver population. Lack of cultural sensitivity and same culture providers potentially may account for diminished efficacy of cognitive-behavioral intervention in this minority group. In the present study, participants were interviewed to provide feedback on their in-session experiences of the ACTS 2 program. A qualitative analysis of caregivers’ responses were conducted to assess the group session processes. The responses were used to assess: (a) caregivers’ appraisals of the quality of interactions among their peers; (b) caregivers’ appraisals of the consequences of group skills training; and (c) caregivers’ perceptions of the effectiveness of facilitators during ACTS 2 group based sessions. Caregivers’ appraisals of these group process domains suggested the tailoring of group processes led to positive perceptions of sensitivity to cultural and spiritual values, created a sense of unity among participants and provided useful caregiving skills. Negative appraisals were case specific and were not reflective of the findings of the group as a whole. Future direction for research on group process with depressed African-American dementia caregivers are addressed.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1512762874_f38db499 (IID)
Keywords: Alzheimer’s, dementia, cognitive behavioral intervention, African-American, caregiving, caregiver, facilitator, depression, stress, burden, faith, goals, self-care, skills
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1512762874_f38db499
Owner Institution: FSU

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Mendoza, J. (2017). Analysis of Group Session Processes in a Faith-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for African-American Caregivers . Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1512762874_f38db499