Self Efficacy Enhancement And Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Intervention Effectiveness
Judith G. Gonyea, PhD, (Co-PI)
Major Outside Collaborators:
Maureen O’Connor (PI), Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Boston University School of Medicine
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).