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Subject/Keyword
resilience
dementia
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Schmidt, Tawnya D
Supervisor and department
Teresa Paslawski (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
Examining committee member and department
Tammy Hopper (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
Suzette Brémault-Phillips (Occupational Therapy)
Joanne Volden (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
Department
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
Specialization

Date accepted
2013-12-06T15:49:04Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This study examined the concept of resilience and factors associated with it from the perspective of individuals living with dementia. Resilience is a process through which individuals demonstrate positive adaptation despite exposure to adverse life events, such as a diagnosis of dementia. How individuals with dementia describe resilience and the factors they identify as contributing to or interfering with resilience were determined using semi-structured interviews. Measures of quality of life and wellness provided additional information about the concept of resilience. The study identified three major factors associated with resilience: ‘active and purposeful living’, ‘perspective’, and ‘resources.’ Resilience is anticipated to be clinically useful as a means of identifying areas of strength and weakness for individuals living with dementia in order to guide intervention efforts to support more resilient outcomes. This study provides an initial basis of identifying these clinically relevant factors that promote or impede resilience in this population.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3K09J
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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