Couples with dementia: Positioning the ‘we’
2015 (English)In: Dementia, ISSN 1471-3012, E-ISSN 1741-2684, Vol. 14, no 6, 716-733 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this article is to investigate how spouses in couples with dementia position themselves in relation to each other by analysing their use of pronouns, especially the we. The study uses joint interviews with 11 couples. Based on a quantitative analysis of pronoun use, it is argued that the pronoun we is used by all the spouses; however, it is used less frequently by the spouses with dementia in comparison with healthy spouses. A qualitative analysis of the use of the pronoun we shows that the spouses position, experience and consider themselves as a couple and that they position and experience themselves as individuals in relation to the couple. One of the challenges for couples with dementia is to be able to retain a we in face of the progression of the dementia disease. By positioning themselves in various ways, the spouses establish and negotiate quite a complex and emotionally charged web of relationships.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 14, no 6, 716-733 p.
Dementia, couple, couplehood, we-ness, positioning, pronoun
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-107355DOI: 10.1177/1471301213506923ISI: 000364640800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-107355DiVA: diva2:723588
FunderRiksbankens Jubileumsfond, M10-0187:1
Funding agencies: bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, programme Dementia: agency, personhood and everyday life [M10-0187:1]2014-06-112014-06-112016-01-11Bibliographically approved