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The co-construction of couplehood in dementia.

Molyneaux, Victoria and Butchard, S. and Simpson, Jane and Murray, Craig (2012) The co-construction of couplehood in dementia. Dementia, 11 (4). pp. 483-502. ISSN 1471-3012

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Abstract

Much research has investigated the impact of dementia on spousal relationships. Most often this is from the point of view of the spouse, but occasionally people with dementia are interviewed independently or in parallel. The current study was novel in its aim to understand ‘couplehood’ as it is co-constructed by the couple when one partner has dementia and employed an innovative design that involved interviewing couples together about their relationship. Using grounded theory methodology, the study identified the changing identities within couplehood and the strategies couples employ to maintain their relationship, including normalizing, externalizing, sharing the experience and reframing the experience in light of the past. These findings are discussed in relation to other relevant research and suggest that co-constructed accounts of couplehood are valuable not only when researching the experiences of couples with dementia but also in their clinical assessment and treatment.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Dementia
Additional Information: PG Intake 2006
Uncontrolled Keywords: couples ; dementia ; grounded theory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 33902
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2010 16:38
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 31 May 2013 16:05
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33902

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