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Learning to live with a loved one with mild cognitive impairment: effectiveness of a waiting list controlled trial of a group intervention on significant others’ sense of competence and well-being


Banningh, L. W. A. J.-W., Vernooij-Dassen, M. J. F. J., Vullings, M., Prins, J. B., Rikkert, M. G. M. O., Kessels, R. P. C.


American Journal Of Alzheimer's Disease And Other Dementias, Volume: 28, No.: 3, Pages.: 228-238

Year of Publication



This controlled study examines the efficacy of a comprehensive group program aimed at care partners of patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which comprises elements of psychoeducation, cognitive rehabilitation, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Pre- and posttreatment quantitative and qualitative data were collected in the significant others of 84 patients with MCI, 27 of whom had first been assigned to a waiting list, thus serving as their own control group. Also, the significant others rated their sense of competence, well-being, distress, acceptance, helplessness, and awareness. Quantitative data analysis did not reveal statistically significant differences between the control and the intervention condition, but qualitative results suggest that at program completion the significant others reported gains in knowledge, insight, acceptance, and coping skills. In the present sample of significant others, the group intervention was not proven effective. Suggestions for program adjustments and alternative outcome measures are discussed.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Banningh_2013, doi = {10.1177/1533317513481093}, url = {}, year = 2013, month = {mar}, publisher = {{SAGE} Publications}, volume = {28}, number = {3}, pages = {228--238}, author = {L. W. A. J.-W. Banningh and M. J. F. J. Vernooij-Dassen and M. Vullings and J. B. Prins and M. G. M. O. Rikkert and R. P. C. Kessels}, title = {Learning to Live With a Loved One With Mild Cognitive Impairment: Effectiveness of a Waiting List Controlled Trial of a Group Intervention on Significant Others{textquotesingle} Sense of Competence and Well-being}, journal = {American Journal of Alzheimer{textquotesingle}s Disease and Other Dementias} }


adaptation psychological, aged, behavior, caregivers, cognitive therapy, female, health education, humans, male, methods, middle aged, mild cognitive impairment, power psychology, psychology, psychotherapy group, self concept, waiting lists

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Types of Study

Cohort Study

Type of Outcomes

Carer Burden (instruments measuring burden), Quality of Life of Carer

Type of Interventions

Intervention for Carers

Carer Focussed Interventions

Training programmes / workshops including behavioural training