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dc.contributor.advisorHoffman, Mary Annen_US
dc.contributor.authorFuhrmann, Amy Carren_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-06T06:42:25Z
dc.date.available2016-02-06T06:42:25Z
dc.date.issued2015en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M23T5R
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/17291
dc.description.abstractOver 67 million adults in the U.S. provide informal or unpaid care to a loved one facing a health challenge, but caregivers often feel underprepared and isolated in this challenging role. There is a dearth of interventions to improve quality of life for caregivers. One hundred caregivers wrote three expressive writing essays about their experience in one of three randomly-assigned conditions: caregiver time-management, emotional expression, and meaning of caregiving. This study had two primary aims: 1) to investigate effects of writing among the three writing conditions on outcomes of depression, caregiver burden, intrusiveness, satisfaction with life, worldview violation, and meaning in life and 2) to assess whether meaning in life serves as a mediator for outcomes. Results indicated that some positive effects of expressive writing can be explained by the discovery of, but not simply the search for, meaning. Implications about understanding of the psychological experience of caregivers are discussed.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleWHAT IT MEANS TO CARE: A MEANING-FOCUSED EXPRESSIVE WRITING INTERVENTION FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERSen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentCounseling and Personnel Servicesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPsychologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCaregiversen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledExpressive Writingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledWell-beingen_US


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