What do Psychologists Need to Know to Help Family Caregivers?

Domains of Knowledge

  • The courses and treatments, as well as psychological sequelae, of common medical conditions (e.g., heart disease, dementia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, developmental disabilities, diabetes, cancer, lung disease, chronic pain)
  • Family development and systems
  • Typical caregiver experiences (“strains and gains”)
  • Health and psychosocial consequences of caregiving 
  • Social, cultural and spiritual contexts of caregiving
  • Caregiver support systems and resources (e.g., healthcare, social service, housing, community)