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

Sheung-Tak CHENG, Pui Man Emily MAK, Hoi Lam Helene FUNG, Timothy KWOK, Diana T. F. LEE, Chiu Wa Linda LAM

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Abstract

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. Copyright © 2017 American Psychological Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-529
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume85
Issue number5
Early online dateMar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

Citation

Cheng, S.-T., Mak, E. P. M., Fung, H. H., Kwok, T., Lee, D. T. F., & Lam, L. C. W. (2017). Benefit-finding and effect on caregiver depression: A double-blind randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(5), 521-529.

Keywords

  • Dementia caregiving
  • Depression
  • Cognitive reappraisal
  • Positive aspects of caregiving
  • Randomized controlled trial

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