Developing a psychoeducational programme for caregivers of people with intellectual disability

African Journal of Disability

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Title Developing a psychoeducational programme for caregivers of people with intellectual disability
Creator Gordon, Bonita K. Bila, Nontembeko J.
Subject Social work; Health and Wellness intellectual disability; formal paid caregivers; informal unpaid caregivers; psychoeducational programme; caregiver distress.
Description Background: In the Western Cape, South Africa, a significant number of individuals with intellectual disabilities are cared for by caregivers who receive little or no compensation, education or support. Despite the unique challenges faced by these caregivers, no psychoeducational programmes have been implemented for this particular population.Objectives: The study aimed to examine the factors contributing to caregiver distress and develop a solution in the form of a psychoeducational programme for caregivers.Methods: A mixed-methods research approach was employed. The qualitative phase involved exploratory research to gather fundamental information and gain new insights into caregiver distress. The quantitative phase utilised a ‘one-group pre-test, post-test design’ with a Likert-scale questionnaire to enable meaningful interpretations and comparisons of the psychoeducational programme’s impact and value. The paired t-test was employed to determine significant differences between pre-test and post-test results.Results: The statistical findings demonstrated a significant increase in knowledge, with 99% of respondents indicating a positive impact in reducing caregiver distress and 85% feeling better equipped to care for individuals with intellectual disabilities.Conclusion: The psychoeducational programme developed in this study had a positive effect on reducing caregiver distress.Contribution: This knowledge provides valuable insights for healthcare professionals in designing relevant intervention programmes, offering support and providing resources not only for individuals with intellectual disabilities but also for their caregivers.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2023-09-22
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — embedded mixed-methods design; interviews and pre- and post-test questionnaires; mixed-methods research approach
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajod.v12i0.1195
Source African Journal of Disability; Vol 12 (2023); 12 pages 2226-7220 2223-9170
Language eng
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Coverage Western Cape 2019-2022 32-70;male and female; white people, black people, indian people, mixed race people, caregivers of people with intellectual disability
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Bonita K. Gordon, Nontembeko J. Bila