Fighting the living death through the maintenance of personhood: a study on a support group for early-stage Alzheimer's disease

dc.contributor.advisorNorris, Joan
dc.contributor.authorAdomako, Paul Robert Kwaku
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-24T15:43:11Z
dc.date.available2020-08-24T15:43:11Z
dc.date.copyright2002
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Family Relations and Applied Nutritionen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.description.abstractUsing a participant observation methodology, interactions from a support group for individuals with early stage Alzheimer's disease was analyzed for themes related to the maintenance of personhood. Transcribed discussions from support group meetings were also analyzed for themes related to the psychological needs of a dementia patient, and how the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease impacted group members' sense of self. The thematic analysis revealed that for participants (N = 12), the support group environment did foster the maintenance of personhood through the use of strategies, personal stories and shared experiences. Support was found for Kitwood's (1997) theory on needs of a dementia patient, and for four additional needs clustered around identity. The results from these analyses indicated that the issue of identity maintenance was a unifying theme among the experiences of study participants. Further, there was evidence to support the notion that the support group also functioned as a personhood maintenance group.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/19553
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectAlzheimer's diseaseen_US
dc.subjectEarly-stageen_US
dc.subjectSupport groupen_US
dc.subjectPersonhooden_US
dc.subjectObservation methodologyen_US
dc.titleFighting the living death through the maintenance of personhood: a study on a support group for early-stage Alzheimer's diseaseen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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