Project FOCUS: Using Videophones to Provide Problem-Solving Training to Family Caregivers of Persons with Spinal Cord Injuries Academic Article uri icon


  • Family caregivers of persons with physical disabilities experience disproportionately higher levels of distress compared to family members who are not in a caregiving role. Role-related stressors often tax caregivers' abilities to effectively confront and solve problems and increase caregivers' risk for anxiety, depression, and compromised physical health. Problem-solving interventions effectively alleviate caregiver distress and help caregivers learn useful coping skills. In this article, we will discuss the use of telecommunication technology in Project FOCUS, an active, home-based intervention designed to teach family caregivers effective problem-solving skills.

author list (cited authors)

  • Rivera, P., Shewchuk, R., & Elliott, T.

citation count

  • 16

publication date

  • July 2003