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Preliminary Study of a Communication Intervention for Family Caregivers and Spouses with Dementia
Florida Atlantic Univeristy, USA.
Florida Atlantic University, USA.
Högskolan Dalarna, Sweden. (PriLiv)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2511-9502
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, ISSN 0885-6230, E-ISSN 1099-1166, Vol. 33, no 2, p. e343-e349Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective

This study was to designed to examine the feasibility and preliminary outcomes of CARE: Caring About Relationships and Emotions, a 10‐week, home‐based, intervention to support married couples affected by dementia.

Methods

Fifteen older couples participated in a single group repeated measures feasibility study. Weekly, video‐recorded conversations over 10 weeks were used to rate communication using the Verbal/Nonverbal Interaction Scale for caregivers and care receivers.

Results

Accounting for mental status of care recipients, the ratio of social to unsocial communication showed a significant improvement across sessions‐an average of 4.46 points per session [β = 4.46, t(10) = 1.96, p = .039]. Spouse caregiver (CG) communication showed a significant decrease in the number of disabling communications with approximately .65 decreased comments per session [β = 0.654, t(11) = −2.61, p = .024].

Conclusions

At home dyadic, relationship‐focused psychoeducational intervention to improve communication in spouses affected by dementia has the potential to improve communication outcomes. Creative ways of working with couples are needed to help them sustain their relationships and maintain their health.

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2018. Vol. 33, no 2, p. e343-e349
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Care Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-45631DOI: 10.1002/gps.4816OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-45631DiVA, id: diva2:1363406
Available from: 2019-10-22 Created: 2019-10-22 Last updated: 2019-12-16Bibliographically approved

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