The impact of dementia on families

Tolley, Susan Jane (2012). The impact of dementia on families. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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Historically dementia caregiver research has focused on experiences of burden and the negative consequences of this. However this focus has started to shift to the positive aspects of caregiving. This review presents a systematic and critical overview of research exploring the positive aspects of caregiving for family caregivers of persons with dementia. A literature search identified 20 published articles that met the inclusion criteria. To determine the quality, believability and usefulness of the articles all of the papers were critiqued using a streamlined version of Caldwell, Henshaw and Taylor’s (2005) review framework. The reviewed literature focused on exploring three main areas and papers were grouped accordingly: The positive aspects experienced by caregivers, predictive factors and the impact of positive experiences on caregiver outcomes. Further research using more homogenous samples of caregivers, and focusing on young carers is recommended to flesh out current understanding.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman


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