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Caregiverburden,definedasinformalcaregivers'experiencesof intolerablestressorstrainincaringforafrailelder,isapersistent andgrowingconcernforpractitioners,policymakers,researchers andothers.Furthermore,thereductionofcaregiverburdenisanimportantoutcomeintheexpandingbodyofcaregivingintervention studies(Shultz,O'Brienetal.,2002).Inthepastdecade,researchers havesystematicallyexploredtheroleofcaregivers'spiritualityor religionasanimportantandnaturalcopingresourceindealingwith multiplephysical,emotionalandsocialdemandswhichcontributeto thisburden(Calderon&Tennstedt,1998;Chang,Noonan,&Tennstedt,1998;Connell&Gibson,1997;Jones,1995;Kaye&Robinson,1994;Picot,Debanne,Namazi,&Wykle,1997;Richardson& Sistler,1999;Stolley,Buckwalter,&Koenig,1999;Stuckey,2001). However,littleisknownabouthowspiritualityworksinhelping caregiverscopewiththeburdensandstressfulsituationsinherentin caregiving(Chang,Noonan,&Tennstedt,1998;Stuckey,2001).