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Title: Exploring the experiences of providing care at home in rural areas for a partner with moderate to severe dementia : an interpretative phenomenological analysis
Author: Boyd, Emily
ISNI:       0000 0004 6422 8741
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2017
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Background: The main body of literature investigating experiences of caring for a spouse with dementia has focussed on the experiences of receiving a diagnosis and on caring in the early stages of the disorder. The current study aimed to gain an in-depth understanding of caring for a spouse at home in rural areas with moderate to severe dementia. Method: Semi-structured interviews were carried out with five participants who were caring for their partner at home in rural areas with moderate to severe dementia. Verbatim transcripts of the interviews were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Results: The analysis produced four superordinate themes; changes in the spousal relationship, the demands of caring, managing the demands and unmet needs. Conclusion: Participants’ accounts illustrated the complexity of caring for someone with moderate to severe dementia and the psychological and practical resources that are required in order to be able to continue to do so. Participants reflected on specific details of their romantic relationships, aspects of their situation and sources of support which facilitated them with the challenging task of caring.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology