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dc.contributor.authorCooper, R. Amanda
dc.contributor.authorPitts, Margaret J.
dc.contributor.authorHarwood, Jake
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-10T20:53:14Z
dc.date.available2021-12-10T20:53:14Z
dc.date.issued2021-11-19
dc.identifier.citationCooper, R. A., Pitts, M. J., & Harwood, J. (2021). “That’s when the relationship shifted”: Relational and communicative turning points in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Personal Relationships.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1350-4126
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/pere.12412
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/662490
dc.description.abstractThis study investigated the relational turning points experienced by caregiving spouses across the trajectory of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Data were collected using a modified version of the retrospective interviewing technique which facilitated close analysis of relational turning points and the role of communication in shaping and managing these turning points. Caregiving spouses described nine relational turning points across the disease trajectory. The turning points coalesced under four broad changes in the marital relationship: my spouse has dementia, from spouse to caregiver, my spouse is gone, and transcending dementia through love. Participants used five communication strategies to manage their relationships: having open and intimate conversations, avoiding confrontation, avoiding bringing attention to symptoms, engaging in daily conversations and activities, and communicating love and affection. Findings reveal the specific turning points that mark relational change across the disease trajectory and caregiving spouses' strategies to maintain their relationship through this prolonged end-of-life transition.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherWileyen_US
dc.rights© 2021 International Association for Relationship Research.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en_US
dc.subjectAlzheimer's diseaseen_US
dc.subjectcommunicationen_US
dc.subjectdementiaen_US
dc.subjectmarital relationshipsen_US
dc.subjectrelational turning pointsen_US
dc.title“That's when the relationship shifted”: Relational and communicative turning points in Alzheimer's disease and related dementiasen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn1475-6811
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Communication, University of Arizonaen_US
dc.identifier.journalPersonal Relationshipsen_US
dc.description.note12 month embargo; first published: 19 November 2021en_US
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item from the UA Faculty Publications collection is made available by the University of Arizona with support from the University of Arizona Libraries. If you have questions, please contact us at repository@u.library.arizona.edu.en_US
dc.eprint.versionFinal accepted manuscripten_US
dc.identifier.pii10.1111/pere.12412
dc.source.journaltitlePersonal Relationships


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