The Coping with Caregiving Group Program for Chinese caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease in Hong Kong

Patient Educ Couns. 2010 Feb;78(2):256-60. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2009.06.005. Epub 2009 Jul 19.


Objective: This pilot study evaluated the effectiveness of Coping with Caregiving (CWC) psychoeducational program for Chinese family caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease in Hong Kong.

Method: Twenty-seven female primary caregivers were randomized to join the treatment group or wait-list control group. The caregivers in the treatment group participated in 13 weekly training sessions which taught specific cognitive-behavioral strategies to handle caregiving stress.

Results: As compared to the wait-list control group, caregivers completing the CWC program demonstrated a significant increase in their self-efficacy for controlling their upsetting thoughts and handling disruptive behaviors of the care recipients. They also reported a significant increase in the use of both problem-focused and emotion-focused coping strategies.

Conclusion: These findings suggested that cognitive-behavioral programs can be effective in improving the resourcefulness of Chinese caregivers of persons with dementia in Hong Kong.

Practice implications: Future CWC programs will have to enhance participants' ability to differentiate among various coping skills and to use situation-appropriate strategies.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Alzheimer Disease / ethnology
  • Alzheimer Disease / nursing*
  • Asians / statistics & numerical data
  • Caregivers / education*
  • Caregivers / psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Development
  • Quality of Life
  • Self Efficacy*