The effects of a support group on dementia caregivers' burden and depression

J Aging Health. 2011 Mar;23(2):228-41. doi: 10.1177/0898264310381522. Epub 2010 Sep 16.


Objective: The aim of the study is to investigate the effects of a support group on depression levels and burden among dementia caregivers in Taiwan.

Method: An experimental, pre-intervention postintervention control group design was used in this study. The experimental group received intervention consisting of a 12-week support group for dementia caregivers. A total of 85 subjects were evaluated before intervention, after intervention, and at 1-month follow-up.

Results: (a) The depression level of participants in the experimental group was significantly decreased after the intervention and at 1-month follow-up. (b) There was no significant difference in caregiver's burden after the support group intervention and 1-month follow-up.

Discussion: The improvement in dementia caregivers' depression levels shows that the support group was effective for reducing caregivers' depression although not effective for relieving their burden of care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Dementia / nursing
  • Dementia / psychology*
  • Dementia / therapy
  • Female
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Psychometrics
  • Self-Help Groups*
  • Social Support
  • Stress, Psychological*
  • Taiwan