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How people with Alzheimer's disease express their sense of self: Analysis using Rom Harre's theory of selfhood
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2013 (English)In: Dementia, ISSN 1471-3012, E-ISSN 1741-2684, Vol. 12, no 6, 713-733 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this study was to use Harré's social constructionist theory of selfhood to describe how people with mild and moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD) express their sense of self. The findings show that Self 1, the embodied sense of being a person, was expressed fluently by participants through the use of first-person indexicals. Self 2, the experienced personal attributes and life narrative, had undergone changes. Those changes were not entirely for the worse; participants had also developed new skills in managing life with AD. In a lifetime perspective, those changes were minor and participants perceived themselves to be basically the same people that they were before having AD. When constructing Self 3, the social personae, participants usually described being supported by others, but sometimes described being exposed to malignant positioning. They also feared that they might become more exposed to negative attitudes as their AD progressed. However, participants were understanding towards the offensive behaviours of others.

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Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 12, no 6, 713-733 p.
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Alzheimer’s disease, Harré’s social constructionist theory, dementia, identity, selfhood
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-84827DOI: 10.1177/1471301212444053PubMedID: 24337636OAI: diva2:689237
Available from: 2014-01-20 Created: 2014-01-20 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved

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