Lived experience of caregivers of persons with dementia and the impact on their sense of self: A qualitative study in Singapore

Tumola, Jane, Soon, Jiaying, Fisher, Paul and Yap, Philip (2016) Lived experience of caregivers of persons with dementia and the impact on their sense of self: A qualitative study in Singapore. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 31 (2). pp. 157-172. ISSN 0169-3816

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Abstract

The prevalence of dementia is increasing, especially in Asia. Caregivers of people with dementia are at greater risk of psychological morbidity; however, most studies on caregiving have been conducted in Western populations. As a caregiver’s experience can be influenced by cultural factors, this needs exploring further. This study explored the lived experience of caregivers of dementia patients in Singapore and the impact of caring on their sense of self. Six Chinese female spousal caregivers were interviewed and their experiences were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Four super-ordinate themes were identified: impact of caregiving, acceptance of destiny, taking control, and view of self. The findings reflected the influence of Confucian values. Clinical implications are discussed, including more culturally sensitive services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: caregiver,culture,dementia,interpretative phenomenological analysis
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 17:01
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2020 01:20
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/57444
DOI: 10.1007/s10823-016-9287-z

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