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Predictors of quality of life for individuals with dementia
 — implications for intervention
Author(s)Heather L Menne, Katherine S Judge, Carol J Whitlatch
Journal titleDementia: the international journal of social research and practice, vol 8, no 4, November 2009
Pagespp 543-560
KeywordsDementia ; Quality of life ; Well being ; Stress ; Correlation ; United States of America.
AnnotationAlthough a growing number of investigations examine the lived experience of individuals with dementia (IWDs), few draw upon a conceptual model to explore inter-relationships between background characteristics, stressors, and outcomes (Menne, 2006). This study is guided by a conceptual model that draws upon the broader stress literature to examine predictors of IWD quality of life. Relying primarily on IWD self-reported data (n = 211), multivariate ordinary least squares regression analysis was used to determine the predictors of IWDs' quality of life. Results indicate that IWDs who report poorer quality of life are more likely to be African-American, have a non-spousal caregiver, have more depressive symptoms, be less involved in daily decision-making, and have more negative strain with their caregiver. These findings are discussed in the context of current and practical interventions that address the strengths and needs of IWDs and their family caregivers. (KJ/RH).
Accession NumberCPA-100304205 A
ClassmarkEA: F:59: D:F:5HH: QNH: 49: 7T

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