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Couples with dementia: Positioning the ‘we’
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Health and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Center for Dementia Research (CEDER))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3033-9879
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Center for Dementia Research (CEDER))
2015 (English)In: Dementia, ISSN 1471-3012, E-ISSN 1741-2684, Vol. 14, no 6, 716-733 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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. 

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Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 14, no 6, 716-733 p.
Keyword [en]
Dementia, couple, couplehood, we-ness, positioning, pronoun
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-107355DOI: 10.1177/1471301213506923ISI: 000364640800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-107355DiVA: diva2:723588
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M10-0187:1
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Funding agencies: bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, programme Dementia: agency, personhood and everyday life [M10-0187:1]

Available from: 2014-06-11 Created: 2014-06-11 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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