It's an interesting study that investigated the effects of a respite training program on respite providers' knowledge and confidence as well as on family caregiver well-being
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Counseling interventions have demonstrated positive impacts on caregiver well-being (Mittelman, Haley, Clay, & Roth, 2006), yet other outcome research indicates that counseling for dementia caregivers needs to improve (Torti et ah, 2004).
In the next section, a brief background on the Indivisible Self (IS-Wel) model that forms the foundation of wellness counseling will be presented followed by a review of literature on correlates of caregiver well-being within the context of the IS-Wel model.
Selected psychosocial domains were measured with the following: the Caregiver Well-Being Scale, the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), the Perceived Stress Scale, and the Leisure Time Satisfaction measure.
Berg-Weger, Rubio, and Tebb (2000) found that caregiver depression can impact caregiver well-being.
Stress process models have been widely used to examine the relationship among caregiving stressors, possible psychological resources, and caregiver well-being.
In addition, increased symptom management resulted in increased perception of caregiver well-being.
The Caregiver Well-Being Scale measures caregiver well-being from a strengths-based perspective by assessing caregivers' basic human needs and satisfaction with activities of daily living.
Interest in overall caregiver well-being, specifically caregivers' positive experiences, has emerged (Kramer, 1997b).
Using structural equation modeling, the authors validated two scales used in the caregiving literature: Caregiver Well-Being Scale and Caregiver Strain Index.
SEM is presented as an additional method to evaluate the reliability and validity of caregiver well-being and strain.
The caregiving situation and the resources available to the caregiver had more important effects on caregiver well-being
than particular characteristics of the elder.