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Caregiving issues in a therapeutic context: new insights from the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach

María Márquez-González, Rosa Romero-Moreno and Andrés Losada

in Casebook of clinical geropsychology

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Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583553
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754678 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199583553.003.0003
Caregiving issues in a therapeutic context: new insights from the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach

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In this chapter, we present a brief overview of the sociocultural context of caregiving in Spain, placed within a broader Hispanic and Latin cultural context. We focus on the description of a framework for intervention with caregivers based on a contextual behavioral approach, specifically, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In order to help clinicians working with caregivers, we offer reflections and suggestions on the use of ACT with caregivers, as well as a guide for the assessment of the variables considered relevant within this approach, and a description of different therapeutic tools that can be used to achieve the objectives of this intervention model. The application of this approach is illustrated with examples of cases treated in our clinical practice. Finally, we briefly present preliminary data from an ACT-based group intervention and conclude with an integrative summary delineating the usefulness of an ACT approach for addressing complex psychosocial issues in family dementia caregivers.

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Subjects: Psychiatry ; Geriatric Medicine

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