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Title: Living with dementia : the burden of guilt
Author: Semple, Leanne
ISNI:       0000 0004 5370 5901
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2015
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Previous research has identified guilt as a significant emotion for both people with dementia and their caregivers. As guilt has been associated with psychopathology and depression, it is important to explore the nature, prevalence and clinical implications of this self-conscious emotion within the context of the dementia caregiving dyad. Chapter 1 presents a critical review of the quantitative and qualitative literature exploring feelings of guilt and caregiver burden in informal caregivers of people with dementia. The paper particularly focuses on evidence regarding the relationship of guilt to the construct of caregiver burden, the conceptualisation and measurement of guilt and burden in dementia caregivers and the factors associated with caregiver guilt and burden. Methodological limitations are discussed in relation to the clarity of the results. Clinical implications and future research suggestions are identified. Chapter 2 presents a mixed methods research paper on the development and validation of a measure of guilt for people with dementia. The results reveal strong item-total correlation in the new scale. Good reliability and convergent validity of the measure are also demonstrated. Study limitations, clinical implications and future directions are discussed. Chapter 3 offers a reflective account of my experience of the research process as well as my reflective learning, personal and professional development during this process and clinical training.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RC Internal medicine