Caregiver Burnout in Dementia: Recognition, Intervention and Prevention

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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
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Caregiver Burnout in Dementia

Pilar Lsa Michele Callaby

PhD Student, Psychology, University of Southampton
Southampton, Hampshire, UK

With a background in Holistic therapy, my strongest assets are my people skills stemming from many years in person centered counseling, both as a therapist and as an appropriate adult for MIND. Both roles involve working with vulnerable people and helping them accommodate a better quality of life. These skills have been tremendously helpful in my own research. I recently had the rare opportunity to work with Professor Beré Miesen in the Netherlands, whose work in dementia shows how counseling can positively assist in well-being. Within my own research I have successfully recruited over 200 caregivers, some who have worked with me now for three years. Methods employed included case study, analyses of narrative biography, diary method, on-call mediation and six facilitated focus groups, as well as the design and development of a questionnaire. Needless to say my main interests are 'people'.

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