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dc.contributor.authorWillard, G. Alanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:23:49Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:23:49Z
dc.date.issued1998-04-16en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-32698-143823en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/40496
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this project was two-fold. First the intent was to learn about the strengths of caregivers and bring the more latent view of caregivers as "strengthed" rather than stressed to the forefront. Second, the study explored the usefulness of applying a competency-based therapy approach to caregiver issues and experiences. Specifically, twelve caregivers of adults were self-referred and participated in a weekly group over the course of a six week time frame. The study addressed a gap of a strength discourse in the literature on adult caregivers, and also provides important information about the breadth of the applicability of a competency-based therapy approach with older adults in a group setting. A qualitative research design was employed, the approaches of ethnography and action research were the specific types of qualitative methods for this project. An analysis was performed of qualitative data that consisted of transcripts of fieldnotes and audiotaped focus group interviews. Six major themes that emerged from the analysis of the data included: self-care, guidance, togetherness, separation, relationship with family members, and caregivers as experts. These themes are discussed as they relate to caregiver strengths. Suggestions for future research and for clinical practice are considered in conjunction with the need to provide valuable information about family enrichment with caregivers, and new interventions that build on a strength discourse.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectcaregiveren_US
dc.subjectstrengthen_US
dc.subjectethnographyen_US
dc.subjectgroup therapyen_US
dc.subjectsolution-focuseden_US
dc.subjectcompetency-baseden_US
dc.titleUsing An Integrated Competency-Based Group Therapy Approach in Building Adult Caregiver Strengthsen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentFamily and Child Developmenten_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineFamily and Child Developmenten_US
dc.contributor.committeechairBlieszner, Rosemaryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberProtinsky, Howard O. Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberStith, Sandra M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKoball, Elizabeth H.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRosen, Karen H.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-32698-143823/en_US
dc.date.sdate1998-04-16en_US
dc.date.rdate1999-04-28
dc.date.adate1998-04-28en_US


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