The Mental Health Needs of Co-Resident Dementia Offspring Caregivers: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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A Ph.D. student in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies, School of Behavioral Sciences at Liberty University, is conducting research to better understand the mental health needs experienced by co-resident offspring caregivers of a parent with dementia.

You qualify for this study if you are 18 years of age or older and meet the following criteria: female, caring for your mother who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, live with her, and you have at least one living sibling who is capable of participating in caregiving.  

Participants will be asked to do the following. Time estimates are provided.  
•    contemplate or journal about the interview questions sent ahead of time (about 1 hour -this is optional)
•    participate in a one-on-one interview that will be audio recorded (about 1-1.5 hours)
•    complete a packet of questionnaires and return them (about 1 hour)
•    provide feedback after the analysis is completed to verify accuracy (about 1 hour-this is optional

Your name and other identifying information will be requested as part of your participation, but the information will remain confidential.
To participate, please email the investigator, Nancy Dusthimer, at [email protected] with your phone number and the best time to reach you.  She will contact you to verify your eligibility for the study and to schedule the interview  

Participants will receive a book related to caregiving and, after returning the questionnaires, a $20.00 Amazon gift card.  

This study has been approved by Liberty University’s Institutional Review Board