Developing therapeutic couple work in dementia care: The living together with dementia project

Balfour, Andrew (2014) Developing therapeutic couple work in dementia care: The living together with dementia project. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 28 (3). pp. 304-320. ISSN 0266-8734

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This paper describes an approach to working with couples where one partner has a dementia, which is currently under development at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships. This draws upon video-based methods that have been used with parents and children, as well as in psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy, to develop an intervention to assist emotional contact, communication and understanding in couples living with dementia. Our approach includes the person with dementia and their partner, focussing upon the relationship between them and using shared involvement in everyday activities as a basis for enhancing emotional contact. Evidence is reviewed of the need for such an approach, which aims to foster the resilience of the couple's relationship and strengthen their capacity to manage the emotional challenges of the situation. The importance of services holding a relational view in their delivery and the economic and humanitarian consequences of a neglect of this in dementia-care settings are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: Papers from the British Psychoanalytic Council PP NOW Conference 2013. Published online: 18 July 2014.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Relationship Quality, Couples Psychotherapy
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Mental Disorders
Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Old age
Couple & Family Therapies > Couple/Marital Therapy
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2015 10:00
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2017 15:22

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