Experiences of a communication‐skills course for care partners of people living with dementia, empowered conversations: A qualitative framework analysis

Lydia Morris, Anthea Innes, Tracey Williamson, Megan Wyatt, Emma Smith, Phil McEvoy

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Abstract

Objectives: Our aims were to examine whether an experiential course for care partners of people living with dementia, Empowered Conversations (EC), was acceptable to participants and to explore participants' perceptions of the impact of the course upon their communicative interactions. EC is based on an integrative model derived from psychological and linguistic theory and empirical evidence. EC is based on mentalisation theory, perceptual control theory and linguistic theory (The Communicative Impact Model). Methods: Qualitative data were collected via 28 semistructured interviews. Framework analysis was used to analyse data. Results: Three superordinate themes, ‘improved communication’, ‘improved well-being’ and ‘support through others’ were identified. Twenty-seven out of the 28 participants described feeling that they were able to better connect with the person living with dementia that they were supporting through attending EC. Conclusions: The findings indicated that EC was acceptable and beneficial to care partners. Care partners developed a range of strategies and understandings that enabled them to communicate better with the person they were supporting, enhanced well-being and relationships, as well as developing social networks. This is the first qualitative study to examine a psychosocial intervention for care partners of people living with dementia using a non-CBT framework and indicates that perceived control could influence how care partners respond to stress and difficulties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-243
JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume63
Issue number2
Early online date30 Jan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2024

Keywords

  • caregiver
  • carer
  • dementia
  • intervention
  • skills training

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