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Social Engagement Coaching for Caregivers

Research Question:
Does the behaviorial intervention, called Social Engage Coaching, help reduce loneliness in caregivers of a family member with dementia?

Basic Study Information

People who are at least 50 years old, report being lonely and are caregivers of a family member with dementia are eligible for this study. Loneliness is a problem that many people face, but it is not well understood why some people are lonely and others are not. This makes it difficult to develop effective treatments for loneliness. Recent research suggests that loneliness may be caused by problems with how our brains regulate our emotions in social situations. This is called "social-emotional dysregulation." Scientists are interested in studying how to help people who are lonely. One way to do this is to develop interventions that help people improve their social-emotional adaptive capacity. This means helping people to better regulate their emotions and thoughts in social situations. This research study will test a new intervention called Social Engage Coaching (S-ENG) to see if it can help caregivers reduce loneliness. S-ENG is a coaching program that helps people to increase their social engagement and improve their social skills. The study will also test a new digital tool called Connect for Caregivers. This tool helps caregivers to identify and prioritize their social engagement goals.

Location: University of Rochester
Study Reference #: STUDY00007800

Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)

Lead Researcher:  Kathi Heffner

Study Contact Information

Study Coordinator: Kathi L Heffner, PhD
Phone: (585) 273-4786

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