Benefit-finding and effect on caregiver depression: A double-blind randomized controlled trial.

  • CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德 (PI)
  • MAK, Emily P. M (Team Member)
  • FUNG, Helene H. (CoI)
  • KWOK, Timothy (CoI)
  • LEE, Diana T. F. (CoI)
  • Lam, Linda C. W. (CoI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


Objective: To examine the effects of using cognitive reappraisal to find positive gains on caregivers' depressive symptoms, burden, and psychological well-being. Method: Ninety-six caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease were randomly assigned to receive a benefit-finding intervention or 1 of 2 treatment-as-usual conditions, namely, simplified psychoeducation (lectures only; SIM-PE) or standard psychoeducation (STD-PE). Each participant received 4 biweekly interventions of 3 hr each, over a 2-month period, at home. Results: Results showed that benefit-finding participants reported lower depressive symptoms after treatment, when compared with either SIM-PE (d = -0.46) or STD-PE (d = -0.50) participants. They also reported less role overload when compared with STD-PE participants (d = -0.46). Self-efficacy in controlling upsetting thoughts was a mediator for some of the treatment effects. Conclusion: Finding positive gains is an effective intervention to reduce depressive symptoms among Alzheimer caregivers. © 2017 APA, all rights reserved.

Funding Source: RGC - General Research Fund (GRF)
Effective start/end date01/01/1001/05/17


  • cognitive reappraisal
  • dementia caregiving
  • depression
  • positive aspects of caregiving
  • randomized controlled trial


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