Understanding positive experiences of professional caregivers who support people living with dementia

Bartels, Lucy

Health sciences; Social work; Clinical psychology
June 2017

Thesis or dissertation


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© 2017 Lucy Bartels. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.
Abstract

This portfolio thesis is divided into three parts; a systematic literature review, an empirical paper, and a set of appendices. The thesis as a whole seeks to understand positive experiences of professional caregivers, in order to provide a more holistic understanding of caregiving in residential dementia care settings.

Part one is a systematic literature review which explores and reviews the literature relating to positive and negative aspects of caregiving experienced by professional caregivers in residential dementia care settings. Factors associated with positive and negative experiences of caregiving are also examined. Fourteen papers were identified and reviewed using a narrative synthesis approach; three themes and six subthemes were identified. The findings are considered and discussed in the context of previous literature relating to caregiving in addition to clinical and research implications.

Part two is an empirical paper exploring hope in professional caregivers in residential dementia care settings. The investigation includes the experience of hope, facilitators/barriers of hope and the role of hope in caregiving. Using a constructivist Grounded Theory approach a focus group consisting of six participants was conducted, and purposive theoretical sampling was used to conduct nine individual interviews. Data were analysed using constructivist Grounded Theory and nine categories emerged which were organised into three theoretical concepts. The emergent theory is discussed in the context of previous literature relating to hope and caregiving in addition to clinical and research implications.

Part three is a set of appendices for both the systematic literature review and empirical paper, and includes an epistemological statement and reflective statement.

Publisher
School of Health and Social Work, The University of Hull
Supervisor
Clarke, Chris; Wolverson, Emma
Qualification level
Doctoral
Qualification name
ClinPsyD
Language
English
Extent
1 MB
Identifier
hull:15912
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