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Phenomena of awareness in dementia: heterogeneity and its implications

Marková, Ivana S.; Clare, Linda; Whitaker, Christopher J.; Roth, Ilona; Nelis, Sharon M.; Martyr, Anthony; Roberts, Judith L.; Woods, Robert T. and Morris, Robin (2014). Phenomena of awareness in dementia: heterogeneity and its implications. Consciousness and Cognition, 25 pp. 17–26.

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Despite much research on the relationship between awareness and dementia little can be concluded concerning their relationship and the role of other factors. It is likely that studies capture different phenomena of awareness. This study aimed at identifying and delineating such variation by analysing data from three questionnaires obtained during the longitudinal study of awareness in 101 people with early-stage dementia. The data concerned awareness in relation to memory, activities of daily living and socio-emotional function. Significant differences in patterns of discrepancies were obtained. This suggests that the awareness phenomena involved were structurally different; and that, in turn, this may reflect variation in the intrinsic linking between awareness and its ‘object’ (different ‘objects’ determining different kinds of judgements). The identification of such differences is necessary so that appropriate methodologies can be applied to the study of awareness in
different contexts.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Elsevier Inc.
ISSN: 1090-2376
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Comprehensive profile of awareness in early stage dementiaRES-062-23-0371ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: awareness; insight; dementia; structure; discrepancy measures
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Life, Health and Chemical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 40108
Depositing User: Ilona Roth
Date Deposited: 07 May 2014 12:53
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2019 05:39
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