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Couples' Prior Quality of Relationship, Present Attachment, Adjustment, and Depressive Symptoms with Early Stage Alzheimer's

Title: Couples' Prior Quality of Relationship, Present Attachment, Adjustment, and Depressive Symptoms with Early Stage Alzheimer's.
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Name(s): Zahn, Shirley J., author
Denton, Wayne, professor directing dissertation
Glueckauf, Robert L., university representative
Rehm, Marsha Lynn, committee member
Holtrop, Kendal N., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Human Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Family and Child Sciences, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (308 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This qualitative case study of five couples in which one spouse has Alzheimer's disease in the early stage, and the other spouse is a caregiver, investigated including both spouses in couple interview sessions which included using emotionally focused couple therapy techniques, and how their prior quality of relationship before the onset of Alzheimer's was related to their present attachment, depressive symptoms, and marital adjustment. The couples participated in in-depth couple interviews which included an Oral History Interview (Gottman, 1994) and a semi-structured Interview Guide. They individually completed four instruments: the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS) (Spanier, 1976); the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) (Yesavage, 1983); the Prior Quality of Relationship Scale (PQRS), a composite scale created by Zahn; and the adapted Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised questionnaire (ECR-R) (Fraley, Waller, & Brennan, 2000). The Screen for Caregiver Burden (SCB) (Vitaliano, Russo, Young, Becker, & Maiuro, 1991) was given to the caregiving spouses. The researcher qualitatively analyzed the audiotaped interviews and questionnaires, which all spouses with Alzheimer's were able to complete. All couples reported positive prior quality relationships of 16-63 years, and present continued attachment. All couples reported problems of marital adjustment, and varying depressive symptoms were reported for 2 out of 5 caregivers, and 2 of 5 persons with Alzheimer's. Implications of findings were that couples experiencing early stage Alzheimer's would benefit from couple interviews or therapy to assist with depressive and other symptoms and marital adjustment problems, and that spouses in the early stage of Alzheimer's are able to fully participate in these couple procedures.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9502 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Family and Child Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2015.
Date of Defense: March 23, 2015.
Keywords: Alzheimer's, qualitative
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Wayne H. Denton, Professor Directing Dissertation; Robert L. Glueckauf, University Representative; Marsha L. Rehm, Committee Member; Kendal N. Holtrop, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Families -- Study and teaching
Gerontology
Psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-9502
Owner Institution: FSU

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Zahn, S. J. (2015). Couples' Prior Quality of Relationship, Present Attachment, Adjustment, and Depressive Symptoms with Early Stage Alzheimer's. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-9502