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Examination of a psychoeducational intervention and a respite grant in relieving psychosocial stressors associated with being an Alzheimer’s caregiver


Tompkins, Sara Anne, Bell, Paul A.


Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume: 52, No.: 2, Pages.: 89-104

Year of Publication



Alzheimer’s disease can be particularly devastating to those who are caring for their loved one with the condition. There have been recent calls for the tailoring of caregiving interventions to examine outcome differences between groups of caregivers and the reporting of effectiveness via longitudinal and specific outcomes. The purpose of this study was to examine 3 interventions (psychoeducational training, a respite voucher-type grant, or their combination) while looking for possible group differences. A total of 367 caregivers participated in the study. Participants completed surveys and questionnaires before the intervention and at a 6-month follow-up. Positive outcomes were found, including lower depression scores, increased support service use, and increased support group usage. Possible effectiveness of the 3 types of interventions and variation among caregiver characteristics are discussed along with implications for future research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

Bibtex Citation

@article{Tompkins_2009, doi = {10.1080/01634370802561877}, url = {}, year = 2009, month = {feb}, publisher = {Informa {UK} Limited}, volume = {52}, number = {2}, pages = {89--104}, author = {Sara Anne Tompkins and Paul Bell}, title = {Examination of a Psychoeducational Intervention and a Respite Grant in Relieving Psychosocial Stressors Associated with Being an Alzheimer{textquotesingle}s Caregiver}, journal = {J. of Gerontological Social Work} }


alzheimer’s disease, alzheimers caregiver, caregivers, intervention, psychoeducation, psychoeducational intervention, psychosocial factors, psychosocial stressors

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Types of Study

Before and After Study

Type of Outcomes

Carers’ Mental Health, Service use or cost reductions (incl. hospital use reduction, care home admission delay)

Type of Interventions

Intervention for Carers

Carer Focussed Interventions

Respite services, Training programmes / workshops including behavioural training