General ArticlesA Relaxation Training Program To Increase Self-Efficacy for Anxiety Control in Alzheimer Family CaregiversFisher, Pauline A. MScN; Laschinger, H. S. PhD Author Information Instructor and Lecturer, Nursing (Health Sciences Division), University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada (Fisher) Associate Director, Nursing (Health Sciences Division), University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada (Laschinger) This study was funded in part by grants from the Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire and the St Mary's Fund, St Joseph's Health Center, London, Ontario, Canada. Holistic Nursing Practice: January 2001 - Volume 15 - Issue 2 - p 47-58 Buy Abstract This study investigated whether relaxation training would increase caregivers' self-efficacy for controlling anxiety associated with difficult behaviors by care recipients. Thirty-six individuals caring for relatives with Alzheimer's disease were taught four types of relaxation techniques. Caregivers' self-efficacy increased following the intervention. Length of time spent in the caregiving role and duration of time since care recipients' diagnosis were significantly related to caregiver self-efficacy before the intervention, but became non-significant following the intervention. An insignificant decrease in incidence of reported behavioral problems occurred following the intervention. Copyright © 2001 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.