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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2013 Jan;34(1):52-8. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2012.720649.

Emotion work in family caregiving for persons with dementia.

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University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing, Austin, Texas 78701-1499, USA. csimpson@mail.nur.utexas.edu

Abstract

Emotion work enhances emotional well-being and emotional support in relationships between two people. Emotion work is a part of family work but has not been described in the context of caring for a family member with dementia. Content analysis applied to 11 interviews of informal caregivers describing their interactions with a person with dementia resulted in four categories of emotion work: (1) managing feelings, (2) weighing options, (3) being parental, and (4) ensuring emotional well-being. Caregivers performed emotion work to meet the feeling rules of being a good caregiver, but often with emotional dissonance between the caregivers' true feelings.

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23301570
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10.3109/01612840.2012.720649
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