A pilot study of an Alzheimer patients' relatives discussion group

L. W. Lazarus, B. Stafford, K. Cooper, B. Cohler, M. Dysken

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The impact of a time-limited discussion group for relatives of patients with Alzheimer's disease, co-led by psychiatrists, was studied. Participants became more knowledgeable about the illness and more accepting of their ambivalence toward their afflicted relative. They learned new ways of coping, while struggling to achieve mastery as they began the painful process of disengagement. Follow-up studies are indicated comparing educationally-oriented with problem-oriented discussion groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-358
Number of pages6
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1981


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