Family-based therapy for dementia caregivers: Clinical observations Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Accidental Falls
  • Environment Design
  • Interior Design and Furnishings


  • Family caregiving for dementia patients is a major social and clinical problem. Family caregivers face major stressful emotional, social and economic burdens, and the negative consequences associated with caregiving are well documented. Given the projected increase in the number of people with dementia, there is a need to identify approaches that will help families manage the challenges of caregiving. Social support from friends and family members has consistently been found to mediate caregiver outcomes, yet many caregivers face problems with isolation and estrangement from family members. In this regard, family-based therapy is a promising intervention for increasing social support for caregivers, and enhancing their quality of life and ability to provide care.This paper will discuss how family-based therapy can be applied as an intervention for family caregivers of dementia patients.The clinical implications of specific interactional patterns will be presented via case examples from an ongoing clinical trial with white American and Cuban American caregivers of dementia patients.The intent is to demonstrate how identification of interactional patterns is a valuable tool for implementing family-based interventions.

publication date

  • January 2000



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC2424274

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/713649924

PubMed ID

  • 18548132

Additional Document Info

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  • 200

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