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Informal Care and Dementia - Lessons for Psychoanalsis and Feminism

By Janet V. Sayers

Abstract

The following case studies, based on in-depth interviews of those looking after a demented spouse at home, are used to highlight (a) defences (surprisingly often overlooked by psychoanalysis) mobilised in analsyst as well as in informal carers by those who (as in psychos or neurosis) are emotionally or cognitively cut off, regressed, anxious, disinhibited, or depressed; (b) similarities and differences between the sexes in their capacity to take in and process the experience of their dependents as both similar to, and different from their own; and (c) implications for community care regarding the need to take account of, assess, and tailor its provision to the defensive strategies adopted by carers in looking after those who are losing their minds

Topics: H1
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 1994
OAI identifier: oai:kar.kent.ac.uk:20023
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