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Positive Experiences in Caregivers: An Exploratory Case Series

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Derek Milne, Dr Alia Sheikh, Professor Mark FreestonORCiD



Background: Recent research into positive experiences in caregivers has begun to redress the traditional focus on negative aspects of caregiving experiences. Method: This exploratory study used a cognitive-behavioural approach - namely. the transactional stress model (Lazarus and Folkman, 1984) - to investigate associations between appraisals, coping, and gains over a 6-week period in a small sample (N=4: case series) design involving stroke caregivers. Analysis involved Visual inspection of graphs. Supported by descriptive statistics, and covariation analysis. Results: Participants reported high levels of positive experiences. and these increased over the Study period, a previously unreported trend. The Study also found individual differences in the interactions between appraisal, coping. and caregiving gain variables, findings explained by the transactional stress model. Conclusions: Implications for clinical practice and future research are addressed.

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Author(s): Bacon E, Milne DL, Sheikh AI, Freeston MH

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Year: 2009

Volume: 37

Issue: 1

Pages: 95-114

Date deposited: 16/03/2011

ISSN (print): 1352-4658

ISSN (electronic): 1469-1833

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S1352465808005055


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