Examining caregiving issues from a multigenerational, family life cycle perspective, this volume deals with the broad spectrum of chronic illnesses that necessitate family caregiving throughout the lifespan and discusses responses to these challenges by both caregiving families and caregiving systems. Part One addresses the caregiving paradigm and the relationship of family caregiving research to family life studies. Part Two examines conceptual aspects of caregiving, ranging from the expansion of the caregiving paradigm, caregiving processes and tasks, to the positive aspects of caregiving. Part Three emphasizes how family caregivers are affected by the connection (or lack of it) to macro-level systems.

Psychoeducational Programs: From Blaming to Caring

Psychoeducational programs: From blaming to caring
Catherine F.Kane

In recent years there has been a growing interest in developing psychoeducational programs for relatives of individuals with psychiatric diagnoses. These programs represent a shift in clinical models of psychopathology from psychodynamic frameworks that identify the family environment as the cause of psychiatric illness to biological models in which the family is perceived as a primary caregiver. Psychiatric illness can obstruct the normal course of family life (Lefley, 1987) with profound implications for the growth and development of family members. Family psychoeducational programs have the potential to assist family caregivers to cope with the impact of psychiatric illness. This chapter describes the evolution of psychoeducational programs, describes specific psychoeducational processes intended to support ...

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