Staffordshire University logo
STORE - Staffordshire Online Repository

Navigating the Impacts of Dementia: The Experience of Male Spousal Carers

TOLHURST, Edward and Weicht, Bernhard (2023) Navigating the Impacts of Dementia: The Experience of Male Spousal Carers. Healthcare, 11 (18). ISSN 2227-9032

healthcare-11-02492.pdf - Publisher's typeset copy
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) .

Download (281kB) | Preview

Abstract or description

This article investigates the experience of male spousal carers of women living with dementia. While discourses on, and the provision of care are highly gendered, social scientific research often addresses care relationships in gender-neutral terms. Setting out to address this matter, this qualitative research incorporated semi-structured joint interviews with 10 couples where the male spouse cared for the woman with dementia. The aim was to explore how couples negotiate relationships and care following a diagnosis of dementia. The focus of this paper is on the perspectives expressed in these joint interviews by the male carers. Thematic analysis was undertaken to establish key content of the men’s accounts. Three principal themes were identified: making sense of the condition; treating dementia as a problem to be solved; and engaging with professionals and support. The gendered basis of experience for male carers is explored within these themes, demonstrating how societal norms on masculinity intersect with caring roles. The paper concludes that a nuanced research approach to dementia care must continue to be developed, accounting for how gender shapes personal responses to the navigation of care relationships. Practitioners and policymakers must also consider how gendered experience shapes the identities and strategies of male carers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This research received ethics approval from Staffordshire University on 16th August 2018.
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia; care; male carers; masculinity; qualitative research
Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Allied Health and Paramedic Science
Depositing User: Edward TOLHURST
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2023 16:01
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2023 16:01

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

DisabledGo Staffordshire University is a recognised   Investor in People. Sustain Staffs
Legal | Freedom of Information | Site Map | Job Vacancies
Staffordshire University, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 2DE t: +44 (0)1782 294000