A qualitative analysis of the presence of Yalom's Curative Factors in a peer-led online support group for family caregivers

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308085
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A qualitative analysis of the presence of Yalom's Curative Factors in a peer-led online support group for family caregivers
Author(s):
Diefenbeck, Cynthia A.; Klemm, Paula; Hayes, Evelyn R.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Cynthia A. Diefenbeck, PsyD, APRN, BC, cynthia@udel.edu; Paula Klemm, PhD, RN; Evelyn R. Hayes, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Over 65 million Americans care for family members with chronic illness [1], providing almost 75% of caregiving support in the US [2].  The enormous burdens placed on informal caregivers are include physical, emotional, and social demands as well as significant financial costs  [4-8].  The majority of informal caregivers have access to the Internet (79%) and use the internet to seek information related to caregiving (88%) [20].  According to caregivers, online support groups are considered one of the top 20 essential sources of information found online [21]. Most online support groups do not use a professional healthcare facilitator (non-facilitated). Benefits of a peer-led format include ease of set up; low cost; and the ability to provide immediate, ongoing, and unlimited enrollments [22-24].  Given the demands placed on family caregivers and the burdens associated with their role, non-traditional (online) and innovative support programs that address their needs are warranted.  There is scant literature demonstrating whether non-professionally led, online support groups can cultivate the same curative factors that have been demonstrated in traditional group therapy [25].  These curative factors are considered the essential ingredients for improvements of group members.  A qualitative analysis of the proceedings (written postings) of an online, peer-led support group for caregivers was conducted.  Preliminary results demonstrate that group cohesion, universality, and altruism are heavily utilized, whereas other curative factors (such as interpersonal learning) are difficult to attain in this format.  Preliminary results suggest that groups not utilizing a professional facilitator and occuring in an online format can foster similar curative factors to live, professionally-facilitated groups.
Keywords:
Caregiver; Qualitative; Technology
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA qualitative analysis of the presence of Yalom's Curative Factors in a peer-led online support group for family caregiversen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDiefenbeck, Cynthia A.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorKlemm, Paulaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHayes, Evelyn R.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsCynthia A. Diefenbeck, PsyD, APRN, BC, cynthia@udel.edu; Paula Klemm, PhD, RN; Evelyn R. Hayes, PhD, MPH, FNP-BCen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308085-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013, Tuesday, November 19, 2013</p>Over 65 million Americans care for family members with chronic illness [1], providing almost 75% of caregiving support in the US [2].  The enormous burdens placed on informal caregivers are include physical, emotional, and social demands as well as significant financial costs  [4-8].  The majority of informal caregivers have access to the Internet (79%) and use the internet to seek information related to caregiving (88%) [20].  According to caregivers, online support groups are considered one of the top 20 essential sources of information found online [21]. Most online support groups do not use a professional healthcare facilitator (non-facilitated). Benefits of a peer-led format include ease of set up; low cost; and the ability to provide immediate, ongoing, and unlimited enrollments [22-24].  Given the demands placed on family caregivers and the burdens associated with their role, non-traditional (online) and innovative support programs that address their needs are warranted.  There is scant literature demonstrating whether non-professionally led, online support groups can cultivate the same curative factors that have been demonstrated in traditional group therapy [25].  These curative factors are considered the essential ingredients for improvements of group members.  A qualitative analysis of the proceedings (written postings) of an online, peer-led support group for caregivers was conducted.  Preliminary results demonstrate that group cohesion, universality, and altruism are heavily utilized, whereas other curative factors (such as interpersonal learning) are difficult to attain in this format.  Preliminary results suggest that groups not utilizing a professional facilitator and occuring in an online format can foster similar curative factors to live, professionally-facilitated groups.en_GB
dc.subjectCaregiveren_GB
dc.subjectQualitativeen_GB
dc.subjectTechnologyen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:26:42Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:26:42Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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