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Title: The psychological wellbeing of carers of people with dementia : what role does knowledge play on carers' perception of dementia?
Author: Davies, Catherine
ISNI:       0000 0001 3410 6100
Awarding Body: University of Wales, Bangor
Current Institution: Bangor University
Date of Award: 2008
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The following two papers focus on the psychological wellbeing of carers of people with dementia. The aim of the review paper was to gain an understanding of the barriers that British South Asian carers (BSAC) experience in accessing services. A review of past studies revealed several themes emerging from the literature and these included: limitations in health professionals' culture competence and linguistic abilities, a lack of dementia knowledge by South Asian carers, their perception of dementia and associated stigma. A model is proposed integrating these factors leading to a discussion of the implications of supporting and providing interventions for BSAC. The empirical paper focuses on the relationship between carers' knowledge of dementia, anxiety, preferred coping style (monitoring or blunting information) and competence levels. This questionnaire-based study recruited 51 participants from local health services and voluntary organisations. The results indicated a significant negative association between biomedical knowledge and anxiety, although this should be interpreted with caution due to a low Cronbach's a Coefficient (.54) on the biomedical subscale. A further significant association was found between knowledge and age of carer. Anxiety and competence amongst younger carers was significantly negatively correlated, however there was no association between these two variables in older carers. These findings suggest that the perception and understanding of dementia may have changed over recent years, especially amongst younger carers, with positive implications in terms of carers' psychological wellbeing. Although knowledge about dementia appears to have positive implications in terms of (younger) carers' psychological well-being, when providing support and interventions health professionals should not ignore the emotional aspects of caring for a person with dementia.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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