Living with dementia : using mentalization-based understandings to support family carers

McEvoy, P, Morris, L, Yates-Bolton, NJ and Charlesworth, G ORCID: 2019, 'Living with dementia : using mentalization-based understandings to support family carers' , Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 33 (4) , pp. 233-247.

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The number of people living with dementia is rising due to the aging of the population. Nearly two thirds of people with dementia live at home and the majority of the emotional and practical support that they receive is provided by family carers. Psychodynamic perspectives provide a valuable framework of understanding from which to consider the emotional dimensions of caring for a family member who is living with dementia. This paper offers a further contribution to this emerging field of knowledge by discussing the impact that mentalizing and non-mentalizing states of mind may have on the dynamics of the relationship between a person with dementia and their family carers. The potential benefits of using mentalization-based understandings are illustrated by four case vignettes. The vignettes are taken from a communication skills training course for family carers called Empowered Conversations and a web-based support initiative called Empowered Carers, which is targeted at family carers who provide intensive support for people living with dementia in their own homes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: pissn 0266-8734; eissn 1474-9734 **History: published_online 21-01-2020; issued 02-10-2019; published 02-10-2019
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0266-8734
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Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2020 10:25
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