Relationship continuity/discontinuity - a framework for investigating the role of relationships in the experience of living with dementia
Research output: Contribution to journal › Comment/debate
Colleges, School and Institutes
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.
- continuity, dementia, caregivers, family, relationship quality