Relationship continuity/discontinuity - a framework for investigating the role of relationships in the experience of living with dementia

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A recent paper (Riley, Evans and Oyebode, 2018) reported that a sense of discontinuity in carers’ experience of their spousal relationship with a person with dementia is associated with a greater sense of burden and fewer rewards from the caregiving role. This commentary sets the paper in context by providing a brief overview of research relating to relationship continuity/ discontinuity. Factors that may explain why some carers experience continuity but others discontinuity are reviewed. So, too, is the potential impact of continuity/ discontinuity on how the carer copes with the challenges of dementia. Potential future research is discussed.


Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias
Early online date19 Nov 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Nov 2018


  • continuity, dementia, caregivers, family, relationship quality