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The spirituality of people with dementia: a review of the research, a concept analysis and a consideration of its practical implications

KEVERN, Peter (2015) The spirituality of people with dementia: a review of the research, a concept analysis and a consideration of its practical implications. Mental Health, Religion & Culture. ISSN 1367-4676 (In Press)

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Attempts to investigate and describe the distinctive spirituality of people with dementia suffer from a serious methodological difficulty in that, by the stage that dementia becomes the determining existential reality, communication is likely to be difficult or impossible. In this paper, the author uses a three stage process to elucidate this problem, its implications and constructive possibilities. First, a critical literature review is undertaken to evaluate the present state of research and explore its assumptions and methodologies. This is followed by a concept analysis to identify possible suggestions in the speculative literature. Finally, each of these solutions is examined in turn for its implications for the definitions and of and discourse on spirituality in dementia care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dementia, Spirituality, Concept analysis, extended self, cognitive psychology
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C800 Psychology
L900 Others in Social studies
V500 Philosophy
V600 Theology and Religious studies
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Social Work, Allied and Public Health
Depositing User: Peter KEVERN
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2015 08:58
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2016 01:38
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2162

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