Affirming identity and control for people with dementia through person-centred approaches to support

Birtwell, K ORCID: 0000-0003-0285-2939 and Dubrow-Marshall, LJ ORCID: 0000-0003-4092-6599 2017, 'Affirming identity and control for people with dementia through person-centred approaches to support' , Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, 07.17 , pp. 18-23.

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Abstract

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five people with dementia. Questions concerned the experience of being diagnosed, experience of support services and their opinion of alternative support options. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis. Suggested guidance for psychotherapists working with people with dementia included seeing the whole person rather than the person defined in terms of their dementia, with an emphasis on a holistic and broad view. Personal and social factors are just as important as the biological factors in our understanding and treatment of people with illnesses. The way a person reacts to and experiences the symptoms of dementia, as well as their treatment by ‘healthy others’ and their reaction to this treatment, are all important factors in the experience of living with dementia.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
Publisher: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Funders: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Depositing User: Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2018 14:28
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 15:03
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/45242

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