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Psychoeducational Interventions for Cancer Family Caregivers 

Psychoeducational Interventions for Cancer Family Caregivers
Psychoeducational Interventions for Cancer Family Caregivers
Cancer Caregivers

J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom

, Marie A. Bakitas

, and Betty Ferrell


The term psychoeducation, first employed by Anderson et al., was used to describe an approach to psychotherapy that included helping individuals better understand their illness and acquire basic skills in problem-solving, communication, and coping. This chapter first provides an overview of the components of psychoeducation in the context of cancer caregiving, then describes therapeutic goals and the counseling techniques employed to reach these goals. A recent literature review of cancer family caregiver interventions is then presented with particular focus on the dose, content, format, and reported effectiveness of tested psychoeducational interventions. Finally, an overview of one psychoeducational intervention for cancer caregivers, ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), is detailed with an accompanying case example.

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