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The Coping with Caregiving Group Program for Chinese caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease in Hong Kong


Au, Alma, Li, Sapphire, Lee, Kristy, Leung, Patrick, Pan, Pey-Chyou, Thompson, Larry, Gallagher-Thompson, Dolores


Patient Education And Counseling, Volume: 78, No.: 2, Pages.: 256-260

Year of Publication



Objective: This pilot study evaluated the effectiveness of Coping with Caregiving (CWC) psychoeducational program for Chinese family caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease in Hong Kong.; Method: Twenty-seven female primary caregivers were randomized to join the treatment group or wait-list control group. The caregivers in the treatment group participated in 13 weekly training sessions which taught specific cognitive-behavioral strategies to handle caregiving stress.; Results: As compared to the wait-list control group, caregivers completing the CWC program demonstrated a significant increase in their self-efficacy for controlling their upsetting thoughts and handling disruptive behaviors of the care recipients. They also reported a significant increase in the use of both problem-focused and emotion-focused coping strategies.; Conclusion: These findings suggested that cognitive-behavioral programs can be effective in improving the resourcefulness of Chinese caregivers of persons with dementia in Hong Kong.; Practice Implications: Future CWC programs will have to enhance participants’ ability to differentiate among various coping skills and to use situation-appropriate strategies.; Copyright 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Bibtex Citation

@article{Au_2010, doi = {10.1016/j.pec.2009.06.005}, url = {}, year = 2010, month = {feb}, publisher = {Elsevier {BV}}, volume = {78}, number = {2}, pages = {256--260}, author = {Alma Au and Sapphire Li and Kristy Lee and Patrick Leung and Pey-Chyou Pan and Larry Thompson and Dolores Gallagher-Thompson}, title = {The Coping with Caregiving Group Program for Chinese caregivers of patients with Alzheimer{textquotesingle}s disease in Hong Kong}, journal = {Patient Education and Counseling} }


adaptation psychological, aged, aged, 80 and over, alzheimer disease, asian continental ancestry group, caregivers, cognitive therapy, education, ethnology, female, hong kong, humans, methods, middle aged, nursing, pilot projects, program development, psychology, quality of life, self efficacy, statistics & numerical data

Countries of Study

Hong Kong

Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes

Carers’ Mental Health, Other carer outcomes (e.g. financial burden and more)

Type of Interventions

Intervention for Carers

Carer Focussed Interventions

Training programmes / workshops including behavioural training