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Title: Towards living well with dementia : an exploration of coping from the perspective of those diagnosed
Author: Clemerson, Gemma
ISNI:       0000 0004 2705 3903
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2010
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Developing dementia care services that allow all people with dementia and their carers to live well is a major government target. Knowledge of how people naturally attempt to cope is essential to developing effective services that facilitate adjustment, reduce excess disability and improve quality of life. The purpose of this review was to present and evaluate the research evidence on coping with dementia from the perspective of those diagnosed with the condition. Twenty-one studies were reviewed - nineteen of these adopted a qualitative methodology. Findings were organised according to the focus of coping. Coping with the general experience of living with dementia was found to be a dynamic process that can be influenced by pre-illness personality, spirituality and the responses of others; consistent support for the use of emotion-focused and problem-focused strategies was found. Meaning making was an important strategy used in an attempt to cope with the impact of dementia on self identity whereas practical and visual strategies were used to manage memory loss. To conclude, coping with dementia is a complex and dynamic process that supports current theoretical coping frameworks.
Supervisor: Isacc, Claire L. ; Walsh, Sue Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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