Teleconferencing as a Source of Social Support for Older Spousal Caregivers: Initial Explorations and Recommendations for Future Research
McHugh et al (2012b) report on caregiver assessments of a pilot teleconferencing support group. This was a six-week social support group and participant opinions were gathered using semi-structured interviews. Two broad themes emerged; group processes and barriers. Caregivers shared a common experience of caring and appreciated the support from others having a similar experience to their own. Many of the barriers were technical in nature and the lack of face-to-face contact somewhat inhibited participants’ level of comfort with one another. The authors conclude that teleconferencing has the potential to offer social support for caregivers but requires leadership, researcher support, familiarity and comfort among participants, and the opportunity to be a longer term commitment.
MCHUGH, J., WHERTON, J. P., PRENDERGAST, D. K. AND LAWLOR, B.A. 2012b. Teleconferencing as a Source of Social Support for Older Spousal Caregivers: Initial Explorations and Recommendations for Future Research, American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, 27(6), pp. 381-387