Family-based therapy for dementia caregivers: Clinical observations

V. B. Mitrani, S. J. Czaja

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Family caregiving for dementia patients is a major social and clinical problem. Family caregivers face major stressful emotional, social and economic burdens, and the negative consequences associated with caregiving are well documented. Given the projected increase in the number of people with dementia, there is a need to identify approaches that will help families manage the challenges of caregiving. Social support from friends and family members has consistently been found to mediate caregiver outcomes, yet many caregivers face problems with isolation and estrangement from family members. In this regard, family-based therapy is a promising intervention for increasing social support for caregivers, and enhancing their quality of life and ability to provide care. This paper will discuss how family-based therapy can be applied as an intervention for family caregivers of dementia patients. The clinical implications of specific interactional patterns will be presented via case examples from an ongoing clinical trial with white American and Cuban American caregivers of dementia patients. The intent is to demonstrate how identification of interactional patterns is a valuable tool for implementing family-based interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-209
Number of pages10
JournalAging and Mental Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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