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“It is not the same”: relationships and dementia

BENBOW, Susan M, TSAROUCHA, Anna and SHARMAN, Victoria (2019) “It is not the same”: relationships and dementia. Educational Gerontology, 45 (7). pp. 454-468. ISSN 0360-1277

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People living with dementia may live in relationship with partners, family members and significant others. Dementia has been shown to impact on such relationships but relationships also impact on the dementia condition. Thirteen people took part in the study: all were caring for a person living with dementia and two were themselves living with dementia. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants focusing on changes in close relationships, including changes in intimate (sexual) relationships where appropriate. Interviews were audiotaped, transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis. Four main themes were identified: changes in couple relationships; changes in non-partner relationships; talking about oneself in relationship; talking about people with dementia in relationship. In conclusion, participants’ lived experiences highlight the need for ongoing relational support and an education based counselling programme that could potentially address many of participants’ highlighted needs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: “This is an original manuscript / preprint of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Educational Gerontology on 28th August, available online:”
Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Social Work and Social Welfare
Depositing User: Anna TSAROUCHA
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2020 10:02
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 10:02

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