Online Study for Caregivers

  • Do you provide unpaid care for someone for three hours or more a day? Do you know someone who does? A new online study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland is looking for participants and you may qualify.


    About a year ago, I interviewed Kathryn Lynn Ziemer about her study of people living with chronic pain using writing as an emotional coping tool. Kathryn is now looking at the other side of the situation, studying the caregiving experience. The research is conducted by Amy Fuhrmann, M.S. and Mary Ann Hoffman, Ph.D., professor and co-director of the counseling psychology program at the University of Maryland.  

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    Researchers are increasingly interested in the capacity of writing to heal and understand important experiences in one’s life. Writing can be a useful tool in beginning to talk about difficult experiences, as caregiving can be. Providing care can become the exclusive focus, while the needs and well-being of the caregiver are ignored. Participating in this study can help caregivers by assisting researchers in developing ways to improve the life of those who provide care for a loved one.


    This study explores the experience of caregiving through two surveys and three writing exercises. They will be spaced out over five weeks, completing one every week. The surveys and writing exercises will take approximately 15-25 minutes of your time each week and you can complete the entire study online.

    If you would like to participate in this study, please complete the eligibility questionnaire. If you are eligible, you will be contacted by the researchers with more information.


    I look forward to learning the results of the study and will share them with you when the study is complete.

Published On: September 23, 2014