Caregiver Burnout in Dementia: Recognition, Intervention and Prevention
This research examines the subject of caregiver burnout in dementia, with focus on its relationship with psychological theory, and health and social care. Caregiver burnout is a major issue at health conferences as well as being a subject of media debate. This research explores the adaptations involved in preventing caregiver burnout and the role of facilitated mediation is explored as a positive intervention directed toward the rebuilding of relations. Conveyed in three stages, the first study recognises current and more influential predictors of burden through the in-depth exploration of eight care giving dyads. The second study describes the testing of theoretically derived hypotheses through the development of a questionnaire designed to determine the significance of new influences, and its correlation with an established measure of burden. The final study introduces psychological intervention in a six-week support programme, utilising the benefits of on-call interaction and facilitated group work, and focusing on the diffusion of resentment through humour, reminiscence and cathartic behavior.
Keywords: Caregiver Burnout, Caregiver Burden
Pilar Lsa Michele Callaby
PhD Student, Psychology, University of Southampton