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Predicting attendance at dementia family support groups.
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PMID:  23144147     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
This longitudinal study examined the predictors of dementia family caregivers' self-reported attendance at support group meetings over 6 months. First-time attendees were contacted by telephone after their first meeting and assessed for (a) perceptions of similarity between themselves and other members, (b) depressive symptoms, and (c) perceptions of social support from the facilitator and other members. Participants (N = 70) were recontacted 6 months later to obtain self-reports of attendance patterns. Self-reported attendance at any meeting during this follow-up period was predicted by perceived similarity in care recipient's stage of dementia and perceived support from group members as assessed at the first interview. Greater perceived support from group members and fewer depressive symptoms at time 1 predicted a higher frequency of support group attendance over the follow-up period. Results have implications for orienting new support group members as well as training and supporting group facilitators.
Ann M Steffen; Kristin R Mangum
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1938-2731     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101082834     Medline TA:  Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  633-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
1Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO USA.
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