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Title: An exploration of self-efficacy in dementia care home staff
Author: Poole, Jessica
ISNI:       0000 0004 8502 6153
Awarding Body: Staffordshire University
Current Institution: Staffordshire University
Date of Award: 2019
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Self-efficacy refers to our belief in our ability to complete tasks successfully or overcome the obstacles we face. It is a topic of considerable research with regard to familial dementia caregivers and the challenges they encounter. The subsequent three papers aim to provide more clarity of the topic of self-efficacy in paid dementia caregivers. Paper One presents a literature review that demonstrates that previously little research has been dedicated to self-efficacy in paid dementia carers compared to familial caregivers. Whilst the quantitative evidence base investigating paid carer self-efficacy is growing, there has to date been only one qualitative study exploring this topic. The strengths and limitations of the evidence base are also discussed. This indicates that further clarity is needed to better understand the factors and experiences that might influence or impact on dementia care worker self-efficacy. Paper Two details a piece of empirical research completed in response to gaps identified in the research literature. Fourteen people working in care homes registered for people living with dementia were interviewed to better understand the factors, approaches and experiences that influence self-efficacy. Transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis. Four themes were identified, (1) Maintaining wellbeing and self-care, (2) Support from others, (3) Values and attributes and (4) Demands of the role including subthemes of unpredictability, the emotive nature of the work, negotiating family issues and complex decision making. Implications for clinical practice were discussed including the opportunity for Clinical Psychology to support care staff in their role through the development of reflective practice and self-compassion interventions. Paper Three presents an executive summary of the research. The paper is written in an accessible style for individuals working in the care sector such as Care Home Mangers and dementia Care Assistants.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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