Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Glenda Dewberry-Rooney, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Maria Dinis, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Patricia Moore, MSW


As the population ages, many adults will find themselves dependent on others for care due to chronic illness or disability. Often a family member will assist an individual by becoming the caregiver. A caregiver experiences a unique set of stressors and challenges that come with this responsibility. In the community, there are caregiver support groups that are designed to assist a caregiver. This study explored three aspects of participation in a caregiver support group. The findings of this study reveal that participation in a caregiver support group has benefits for the caregivers. The caregivers reported that they learned about resources in the community, gained the ability to understand and communicate feelings about caregivers, received encouragement and understanding from other caregivers, and obtained educational information about chronic illness.


SC 11.MSW.1997.McIntosh.CJ

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