Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


This study examined the self-reported reasons informal caregivers of frail persons 65-+ attend time-limited psychoeducational support groups. Results indicated that caregivers in this study attended support groups for practical information (community resources), relief of emotional stress, and skill development. Results also indicated that caregivers of spouses attended the support groups for different reasons than did caregivers of non-spouses. Caregivers of non-spouses tended to be experiencing more emotional strain and anger, and were receiving less emotional support from friends and relatives. Limitations of this study included small sample size, lack of variance in geographic location of the support groups, and lack of representation of diverse ethnic cultures. Additional study is required to further explore this area of research.


SC 11.MSW.1993.Coryell.NJ

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