The moderating influence of demographic characteristics, social support, and religious coping on the effectiveness of a multicomponent psychosocial caregiver intervention in three racial ethnic groups Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • African Continental Ancestry Group
  • Caregivers
  • Community-Institutional Relations
  • Depressive Disorder
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Psychotherapy
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Social Support


  • This article extends the findings from the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH II) program, a multisite randomized clinical trial of a multicomponent psychosocial intervention, to improve the well-being of informal caregivers (CGs) of persons with dementia. We used residual change scores and stepwise hierarchical regression analyses to explore separately in 3 racial ethnic groups (Hispanic or Latino, Black or African American, and White or Caucasian) how the effects of the intervention were moderated by CG characteristics (sex, age, education, and relationship), CG resources (social support), and religious coping. The results indicated that CG's age and religious coping moderated the effects of the intervention for Hispanics and Blacks. The older Hispanic and Black CGs who received the intervention reported a decrease in CG burden from baseline to follow-up. Black CGs with less religious coping who received the intervention also reported a decrease in depressive symptoms from baseline to follow-up.

publication date

  • January 2010



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC2821943

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/geronb/gbp131

PubMed ID

  • 20056684

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 185

end page

  • 94


  • 65 B


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