Using cognitive reappraisal to promote positive gains is a distinctive feature of the benefit-finding intervention (BFT). The intervention would not appeal to caregivers, however, if it burdens them with extra training sessions, on top of a usual psychoeducation program. Furthermore, because the challenging aspects of dementia care (e.g., dealing with neuropsychiatric symptoms and impairments in activities of daily living)
1provide exactly the context for searching for meaning,
- Cheng S.-T.
Dementia caregiver burden: a research update and critical analysis.
Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2017; 19: 64
2positive reappraisal exercises are embedded within related topics when these challenging aspects are discussed, rather than being covered in stand-alone sessions.
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- Kwok T.
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Self-efficacy is associated with less burden and more gains from behavioral problems of Alzheimer's disease in Hong Kong Chinese caregivers.
Gerontologist. 2013; 53: 71-80
3This is probably more acceptable to caregivers as they come mainly for knowledge and care skills.
- Cheng S.-T.
- Lau R.W.L.
- Mak E.P.M.
- et al.
A benefit-finding intervention for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer disease: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial.
Trials. 2012; 13: 98
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Published online: November 10, 2017
Accepted: November 2, 2017
Received: November 1, 2017
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- PreviewMany societies are facing the challenge of caring for the increasing number of people with dementia. As well as providing symptomatic treatment to patients, healthcare practitioners have to deal with the needs of family caregivers who are at elevated risk for depression and health problems. Programs to support caregivers to exercise their role in the long term and to reduce the likelihood of adverse health outcomes are urgently needed.1