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Anhörigas upplevelser av att vårda sin partner med demens
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Sweden.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Experiences from caring for a demented partner (English)
Abstract [en]

Alzheimer’s disease has increasing effects on the Swedish population. Now, about 90 000 swedes have been diagnosed with the disease. Many of these persons are cared for by someone close to them. The aim of this study is to increase understanding for the situation and experiences of the persons caring for their affected partner and to examine which support they are given by the public sector. It is a qualitative case study where four persons have been interviewed. Previous research concerning experiences, coping strategies and the need for aid is used for reference. The theories chosen for the aim of the study is coping strategies, role theory, social interaction, informal care and informal aid. The results show that the participants have had different experiences of caring for their partners of which stress, anxiety and seeing it as a burden was common. The participants had different coping abilities to master their different situations and over all had good coping strategies. Their need for aid was different but all participants stressed that there is need for support and that this need to be developed. The following conclusions can be drawn from the study. The experiences are different depending on the individual case. It is important for those active within the line of social care to have knowledge about coping strategies in order to give support to those providing care for their kin. All participants experienced a lack of cooperation and information.

Abstract [sv]

Alzheimers sjukdom drabbar Sveriges befolkning i allt större utsträckning. Ungefär 90 000 personer i Sverige har diagnosen. Många av dessa personer vårdas av någon i sin omgivning. Syftet med studien är att få en ökad förståelse för partners som vårdar sin respektive som har Alzheimers sjukdom och vilka upplevelser som förekommer samt att undersöka hur stödet från samhället ser ut. Det är en kvalitativ fallstudie där intervjuer har gjorts med fyra personer. Tidigare forskning har tagits fram som berör upplevelser, olika copingstrategier och behov av stöd. De teorier som valdes för studiens ändamål är copingstrategier, rollteori, social integration, informell omsorg och informell hjälp. Resultatet visar att deltagarna hade olika upplevelser av att vårda varav stress, oro och börda var vanligt. Deltagarna hade olika copingförmågor för att bemästra de olika situationerna och det förekom överlag goda copingstrategier. Behovet av stöd såg olika ut, men deltagarna belyste att det fanns ett behov av stöd samt att stödet behöver utvecklas. Följande slutsatser kan dras av studien. Alla individer har olika upplevelser. Det är viktigt att få kunskap om olika copingstrategier, vilket medför att socialt arbete kan hjälpa dem att hantera olika situationer. Samtliga deltagare upplevde att det saknades samarbete och information.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keyword [en]
Kin, Dependent care, Alzheimer´s disease
Keyword [sv]
Anhörig, anhörigvård, Alzheimers sjukdom
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-28432ISRN: ORU-JPS/SAR-GY-2013/0033--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-28432DiVA: diva2:611971
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2013-06-26 Created: 2013-03-19 Last updated: 2013-06-26Bibliographically approved

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