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Serenity for African American caregivers

Author: Sistler, A; Washington, K.S.
Author Background: Southern Univ., Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Date 1999
Type Journal
Journal Title: Social-Work-with-Groups
Volume/Pages 22(1): 49-62
Subject Matter African Americans, Caregivers-; Dementia-; Blacks-; Spirituality-; Problem-solving, Group work Group Therapy
Abstract This article describes an eight-week series of caregiver meetings for African American women caring for a parent with dementia. The meetings drew upon the Serenity Prayer, the participants' spirituality, and a problem-solving approach as major themes to help caregivers gain a greater sense of perceived control in their situations. Pre-, post-, and follow-up tests indicated greater self-confidence in ability to solve difficult situations, improved well-being and happiness, as well as a positive response by participants. (Journal abstract, edited.)