Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An assessment of anticipatory grief as experienced by family caregivers of individuals with dementia
by Ross, Angela Catherine, Ph.D., Auburn University, 2008, 92; 3333183
Abstract (Summary)

The growing number of patients with a diagnosis of dementia represents a significant physical and mental health challenge not only for the health professions, but also, and even more dramatically, for the primary and secondary caregivers of dementia patients. Those affected include not only the persons with dementia, but also their spouses, siblings, children, friends, and caregivers. This study was designed to contribute to a deeper understanding of dementia caregivers’ anxiety, stress, and depression by adding an examination of the presence and extent of grief that may be a part of the experience. Further, this study was designed to identify and examine the particular part of grief that is referred to as anticipatory grief. Anticipatory grief is a real phenomenon that affects many family caregivers of dementia patients. This study reinforces not only that grief is present for dementia caregivers; it also provides additional evidence for the few studies completed aligning anticipatory grief to the dementia caregiving experience. This study shows that dementia caregivers are not experiencing “typical” grief; in fact, it demonstrates that their grief is much more complicated.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dagley, John
Commitee:
School: Auburn University
School Location: United States -- Alabama
Source: DAI-B 69/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Anticipatory grief, Caregivers, Dementia, Family caregivers, Grief
Publication Number: 3333183
ISBN: 9780549857648
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