Type of Document Dissertation Author Willard, G. Alan Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-32698-143823 Title Using An Integrated Competency-Based Group Therapy Approach in Building Adult Caregiver Strengths Degree PhD Department Family and Child Development Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Blieszner, Rosemary Committee Chair Koball, Elizabeth H. Committee Member Protinsky, Howard O. Jr. Committee Member Rosen, Karen H. Committee Member Stith, Sandra M. Committee Member Keywords
- group therapy
Date of Defense 1998-04-16 Availability restricted AbstractThe purpose of this project was two-fold. First the
intent was to learn about the strengths of caregivers and
bring the more latent view of caregivers as "strengthed"
rather than stressed to the forefront. Second, the study
explored the usefulness of applying a competency-based
therapy approach to caregiver issues and experiences.
Specifically, twelve caregivers of adults were self-referred
and participated in a weekly group over the course of a six
week time frame. The study addressed a gap of a strength
discourse in the literature on adult caregivers, and also
provides important information about the breadth of the
applicability of a competency-based therapy approach with
older adults in a group setting.
A qualitative research design was employed, the approaches
of ethnography and action research were the specific types of
qualitative methods for this project. An analysis was
performed of qualitative data that consisted of transcripts
of fieldnotes and audiotaped focus group interviews. Six
major themes that emerged from the analysis of the data
included: self-care, guidance, togetherness, separation,
relationship with family members, and caregivers as experts.
These themes are discussed as they relate to caregiver
strengths. Suggestions for future research and for clinical
practice are considered in conjunction with the need to
provide valuable information about family enrichment with
caregivers, and new interventions that build on a strength
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