Awareness context theory and the dynamics of dementia: Improving understanding using emergent fit
2005 (English)In: Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, ISSN 1741-2684 (online) 1471-3012 (print), Vol. 4, no 2, 269-295 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article presents the initial results of an ongoing constructivist grounded theory study (Charmaz, 2000) exploring the impact of dementia on the everyday life and relationships of older spousal couples. Using a process of ‘emergent fit’ (Glaser, 1978) and drawing upon data from 74 interviews with 20 spouse couples living with dementia, it considers the relevance of ‘awareness context theory’ (Glaser & Strauss, 1965) and the ‘dynamics of dementia’ (Keady, 1999) to an understanding of interpersonal relationships among spouses. The combination of existing literature and new data provide further insights into how couples actively work to ‘construct’ awareness in a way that, for the majority, maintains both a sense of ‘self’ for the person with dementia (PWD) and the integrity of the relationship between couples. It is suggested that a ‘mutual acknowledgement’ of the diagnosis and a subsequent focus on maintaining a meaningful life in the present combine to create a ‘nurturative relational context’ in which living with dementia unfolds.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 4, no 2, 269-295 p.
awareness contexts, dynamics of dementia, grounded theory, spousal relationships
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13345DOI: 10.1177/1471301205051096OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13345DiVA: diva2:20398