Dyadic Coping: Managing Caregiving Stress as a Couple
February 15, 2023, 8:00 PM EST
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All relationships face stress, but partners caring for a child with a serious illness are confronted with unique challenges. Each person in the relationship may cope differently. You may feel closer to, or more distance from, your partner over time. Communication with one another about how each responds to stress and grief, and what kind of support each person needs, can help increase understanding. Dr. Talia Zaider, a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist, offers insights and considerations for coping together.
Talia Zaider, PhD
Talia is Assistant Attending Psychologist and Director of the Family Therapy Clinic at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York. Her interests have focused on identifying and addressing the support needs and relational distress of couples and families in the context of life threatening illness. Dr. Zaider directs an outpatient clinic that provides psychotherapeutic support to couples and families under care at MSKCC, and is leading a funded research study to advance the role of inpatient oncology nurses to deliver family-centered supportive care in the acute care setting. Over the last decade, Dr. Zaider has developed and led training modules to support oncology providers in addressing family distress. She has served as a co-investigator on randomized controlled trials testing psychosocial support interventions for couples and families coping with early and advanced stage disease.