Dementia, identity and social work practice: a critical exploration of research and personal narratives

Bright, Sophie Louise (2014) Dementia, identity and social work practice: a critical exploration of research and personal narratives. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This literature review aims to explore how dementia impacts upon an individual’s identity with the view to draw lessons from the findings to inform social work practice within this user group. The student wanted to explore the influence of dementia on identity from the perspective of the person diagnosed through the use of secondary resources. Therefore, the literature reviewed in this article has collected qualitative data directly from the individual diagnosed with the dementia themselves.
    The findings have revealed that this is a highly complex area of research as there are many domains that make up ones sense of identity. However, the most common themes that arose from the research were; 1) the experience of selfhood following the diagnosis of dementia, 2) identity in the context of perceived value to society and 3) identity in the context of relations to others. The student discusses these three main themes identified in chapter 3 and analyses the findings in chapter 4 with the aim to draw together the knowledge gained from the literature reviewed.
    The student felt that this was a particularly topical and valuable area of research as dementia is a growing issue in the UK with current figures of persons diagnosed expected to double by 2040. This literature review can be used to inform and create awareness of the impact dementia has on identity and in the latter part of the article there is a specific focus upon how this research can inform current social work practice.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2014 13:50
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40

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