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Title: Caregivers' experience of their spouse's coping style in dementia : a study using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Author: Walker, Lindsay
ISNI:       0000 0004 2716 0960
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2011
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Within the field of dementia research there is much in the literature on caregiver burden and stress, whilst there is comparatively little on the coping experiences of the person with dementia. The majority of individuals with dementia are currently cared for in the community and research has focused on the factors implicit in caregiver burden and started to identify characteristics which may place individuals at risk of higher levels of strain and distress. Qualitative research has started to investigate the experience of dementia from the patients' perspective. However the interaction between the two has been largely neglected in the empirical field. The first section of this thesis is a literature review detailing the current available research on the psychological wellbeing of informal caregivers for people with dementia, the coping style favoured by caregivers, and the coping experiences of people with dementia. The second section of this thesis is a qualitative study which seeks to explore and understand the interaction between eight caregivers and their spouses with dementia. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to analyse interviews with the eight caregivers and to produce themes which were salient for participants. The findings are discussed within the wider research context whilst clinical implications and possibilities for future research are acknowledged.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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