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The role of personality and coping style in relation to awareness of current functioning in early-stage dementia

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posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by A Seiffer, L Clare, Richard HarveyRichard Harvey
This study investigated the role of psychological factors in unawareness in early-stage dementia, focusing on personality and coping strategies. Forty-nine individuals with a 'non-frontal' dementia and their partners completed standardized self-report questionnaires. Multiple regression analyses indicated that personality factors, in particular negative attitudes towards emotional expression, were related to avoidant coping in managing the threat of dementia. Neither negative attitudes towards emotional expression nor avoidant behavioural coping related to unawareness after controlling for relevant disease-related and emotional variables. However, a relationship was found between conscientiousness and unawareness. The findings were interpreted with reference to literature on processes of denial and a distinction between conscious behavioural avoidance and unconscious defensive denial was made. Implications for clinical practice were considered.

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Journal

Aging and mental health

Volume

9

Issue

6

Pagination

535 - 541

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1360-7863

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2005, Taylor & Francis

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