Effectiveness of a grief intervention for caregivers of people with dementia

MacCourt, P., McLennan, M., Somers, S. and Krawczyk, M. (2017) Effectiveness of a grief intervention for caregivers of people with dementia. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 75(3), pp. 230-247. (doi:10.1177/0030222816652802) (PMID:28701116)

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Abstract

In this article, we report on the structure and effectiveness of a grief management coaching intervention with caregivers of individuals with dementia. The intervention was informed by Marwit and Meuser’s Caregiver Grief Model and considered levels of grief, sense of empowerment, coping, and resilience using five methods of delivery. Results indicate that the intervention had significant positive effects on caregivers’ levels of grief and increased their levels of empowerment, coping, and resilience. The intervention was found to be effective across caregivers’ characteristics as well as across five delivery modalities. Through description of this intervention, as well as outcome, this research contributes to the body of knowledge about caregivers’ disenfranchised grief and ways to effectively address it.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Krawczyk, Dr Marian
Authors: MacCourt, P., McLennan, M., Somers, S., and Krawczyk, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Omega: Journal of Death and Dying
Publisher:Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.
ISSN:0030-2228
ISSN (Online):1541-3764
Published Online:03 June 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Omega: Journal of Death and Dying 75(3): 230-247
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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