Degree Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Theses & dissertations (Interdisciplinary)


Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (Social Sciences)

First Advisor

Jennifer A. Margrett


Current literature on older adult care focuses on the burden of caregiving, predictors of institutionalization, caregiver impact on mental health, and usage of home and community-based care. However, gaps in literature exist regarding informal older adult caregivers' knowledge of home and community-based services and awareness of service availability in their community. The primary objective of this study was to test the efficacy of a one-session psychoeducational intervention for informal caregivers' of older Iowans aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness of long-term services and supports (LTSS) availability as well as caregiver feelings of preparedness. To conduct this study, a one-session psychoeducational workshop for caregivers was held in twelve communities across Iowa. Community organizations and faith-based groups were recruited to host each workshop, and the host organizations then recruited participants. The intervention workshop covered common caregiving concerns, locating resources locally, and designing a care plan. Results indicate that the intervention was effective in significantly improving caregivers' LTSS knowledge and awareness of availability. The intervention did have a positive effect for many caregivers in improving feelings of preparedness; however, the session was also associated with decreased self-efficacy for some caregivers. Age and education were related to caregiver outcomes and analyses suggest a more complex picture, particularly regarding self-efficacy. Further research specifically targeting underserved populations, as well as those in the early or pre-planning stages of caregiving, is needed to more fully understand prevention and intervention efforts aimed at enhancing care and improving caregivers' experiences.


Copyright Owner

Nichole L. Seedorf



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72 pages