Family Caregiving

Stress, Coping, and Intervention
  • Dolores Gallagher-Thompson
  • David W. Coon
  • Patricia Rivera
  • David Powers
  • Antonette M. Zeiss
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


At present, more than 4 million adults over the age of 65 years receive some type of personal care from family members. This figure is expected to increase as the nation’s population of older adults grows to 67.5 million by the year 2050 (U.S. Senate, 1991). In such situations, the care recipient frequently benefits from the physical, emotional, and financial support provided by the family caregiver. However, the personal consequences to the caregiver of fulfilling this responsibility have received much attention in the research literature. This chapter will review the findings from studies with family care providers. We begin with a historical overview of the characteristics of individuals who comprise the majority of caregivers in this country, and review the problems, stresses and hardships they experience. Next, we review theoretical models that have been proposed to explain the process of caregiver distress and its interaction with moderating variables. Then, we examine the various psychologically oriented treatments and forms of intervention currently available, and address issues of their efficacy. Finally, we provide a brief review of the growing literature on special caregiving populations, with particular emphasis on the unique needs and concerns of male caregivers and caregivers of various ethnic or minority backgrounds. The chapter closes with recommendations for future research.


Social Support Support Group Family Caregiver Female Caregiver Care Receiver 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dolores Gallagher-Thompson
    • 1
    • 2
  • David W. Coon
    • 3
  • Patricia Rivera
    • 3
  • David Powers
    • 3
  • Antonette M. Zeiss
    • 4
  1. 1.Older Adult CenterVeterans Affairs Health Care SystemPalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.Stanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA
  3. 3.Older Adult CenterVeterans Affairs Health Care SystemPalo AltoUSA
  4. 4.Training and Program Development, Psychology Service, and Interprofessional Team Training and Development ProgramVeterans Affairs Health Care SystemPalo AltoUSA

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