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Gerontologist. 1992 Jun;32(3):382-90.

An evaluation of a group program for spouses of frail elderly veterans.

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  • 1Ringel Institute of Gerontology, Albany, NY.


We examined the effectiveness of a multicomponent group program for spouses of frail aging veterans that included support, education, problem solving, and stress reduction. Compared with caregivers who received no intervention, those in the group program showed significant increases in use of active behavioral coping strategies, knowledge of community resources, perceived independence in the marital relationship, and personal changes in the caregiving relationship. They also experienced significant decreases in subjective burden and the stress and severity of caregiving problems.

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