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Sense of Coherence in Persons with Dementia and Their Next of Kin: A Mixed-Method Study
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences.
Härnösands kommun.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1614-7379
2015 (English)In: Open Journal of Nursing, ISSN 2162-5336, E-ISSN 2162-5344, Vol. 5, 490--499 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Indications of dementia disease include deterioration of memory, thinking, behaviour, and the

ability to perform everyday activities. Any of these symptoms can lead to stress and difficulties

organizing everyday life. As a way to view factors that support human health and well-being despite

stressful situations, Antonovsky introduced a salutogenic model. This model proposes that

sense of coherence primarily determines physical and mental health i.e. psychological well-being.

Having a sense of coherence in everyday life can reduce the impact of stress on the individual in

everyday life. The study’s aim of this study was to explore how participants in existing support

groups scored on the Sense of Coherence Scale (SOC), and what they perceived as contributory

factors to a meaningful, manageable, and comprehensible everyday life in the presence of dementia

using a mixed method. Persons with dementia had the highest scores on the SOC scale and their

partners the lowest. Persons with dementia expressed that being with others who understood

them made their everyday life comprehensible and manageable. Their partners expressed that

learning about dementia was helpful in managing and comprehending everyday situations. The

adult children expressed that it was meaningful to care for their parents and they scored slightly

higher than the partners on the SOC scale. Long-term ongoing support supplemented with information

and social support can contribute to the sense of coherence in persons with dementia and

their next of kin.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 5, 490--499 p.
Keyword [en]
Dementia, Next of Kin, Nursing, Mixed Method, Sense of Coherence, Support Groups
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-28766DOI: 10.4236/ojn.2015.55052OAI: diva2:968888
Available from: 2016-09-13 Created: 2016-09-13 Last updated: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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