Future Directions in
Intervention Research and
Larry W. Thompson, Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, and William E. Haley
The impetus for this edited book was our interest in describing the various strategies employed by different professionals to assist family members in their role as caregivers for loved ones who no longer have the capability to care for themselves. At this point, little needs to be said about the stress and strain experienced by those held “captive” in this new and often strenuous “career.” Frequently, significant lifestyle changes are required, and invariably at one or more points over the course of this lengthy journey, many different forms of assistance have proven beneficial in improving or maintaining quality of life for both caregivers and care recipients alike.
Numerous professional groups have accepted the challenge of providing services to family caregivers, and each has come forth with its own strategies, tackling the problem from multiple levels with different tools and models to guide them. Given the diverse nature and intensity of the problems encountered, it seems reasonable to assume that such a multifaceted approach covering a wide range of interventions is justified. Lack of communication and coordination among the various specialties, however, could conceivably become a potential