Self Efficacy Enhancement And Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Intervention Effectiveness

SSW Investigator(s):

Judith G. Gonyea, PhD, (Co-PI)

Major Outside Collaborators:

Maureen O’Connor (PI), Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Boston University School of Medicine

Funding Source:

Alzheimer’s Association

Project Description:

The aim of this study is to test whether the inclusion of self efficacy enhancement techniques based upon Bandura’s four identified techniques—mastery experience, modeling, social persuasion, and altering emotional/somatic states—increases the effectiveness of an Alzheimer’s disease caregiver behavioral intervention focused on teaching families skills to manage neuropsychiatric symptoms (i.e., apathy, depression, agitation, delusions). Using a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design, we will compare the relative effectiveness of the 3 manualized, 5-week group interventions on caregivers’ self-efficacy, coping strategies, and neuropsychiatric symptom-related distress. A total of 120 Alzheimer’s disease caregivers will be randomized into: CARE-Plus (a self efficacy enhanced behavioral intervention), CARE (a behavioral intervention), and (3) PE (a psycho-educational group-usual care).