In-home Online Music-based Intervention for Stress, Coping, and Depression Among Family Caregivers of Persons With Dementia: A Pilot Study


Geriatric Nursing




Little is known about how music affects family caregivers who provide care to persons with dementia at home. We examined the effects of an 8-week online music-based intervention on self-reported stress, coping, and depression among dementia family caregivers. Mann-Whitney U test and Wilcoxon signed-ranked tests were performed to examine between- and within-group differences between intervention (n = 24) and comparison (n = 11) groups from baseline to post-test. The coping subscale yielded a significant difference between the groups at post-test (U=76.50, Z=-1.978, p=0.048), indicating the intervention group had better coping than the comparison group at post-test. Significant within-group differences in overall stress (Z=-2.200, p=0.028) and coping subscale (Z=-1.997, p=0.046) in the comparison group at post-test suggest that overall stress and coping were maintained throughout the study in the intervention group, whereas the comparison group had higher overall stress and lower coping at post-test. Our in-home music-based intervention showed potential benefits for dementia family caregivers.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Caregivers; Coping; Depression; Home Setting; Mental Health; Music Listening; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Psychological Outcomes; Self-Report Measures; Stress

Indexed Terms

Adaptation, Psychological; Caregivers; Dementia; Depression; Pilot Projects; Dementia; Depression; Stress

Study Type

Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods

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