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The Social Psychology of Communication and Living With Dementia

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tony Young



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by International Association of Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP), 2014.

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Dementia presents one of the greatest challenges currently facing individuals and societies. Policy initiatives, hitherto mainly confined to the ‘west’, continue to stress the central role that communication can play in living well, or otherwise, with the condition. However, most available evidence indicates that communicative practices in health and social care contexts, and in wider societies, remain problematic. In response, a series of iterative research projects and consultations in the United Kingdom were undertaken which informed the development of a Dementia Model for Effective Communication (Young et al 2011). In this talk I will describe the conceptual and empirical development of the model and its derivatives, and their role in institutional social care, intercultural dialogue around ageing and dementia, medical education and intergenerational communication. I will also describe ongoing conceptual work around key notions of Being, personhood and self-categorisation related to the experiences of living with dementia (Young et al 2014). I will present this work as part of the ongoing aspiration of our Association to conduct research informed by theory of the social psychology of language and communication which engages with major societal challenges worldwide. References Young, T.J., Manthorp, C., Howells, D., & Tullo, E. (2011). Developing a carer communication intervention to support personhood and quality of life in dementia. Ageing and Society, 31 (6), 1003 – 1025. Young T.J., Tullo E.S. & Lee R. (2014). Person-centeredness, culture and communication in dementia care. Chapter in (forthcoming) Topics in Speech Processes: Language Production and Perception, Ed. A. Aguale, London: Continuum.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Young TJ

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 14th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP)

Year of Conference: 2014

Online publication date: 19/06/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 10/07/2014

Publisher: International Association of Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP)


Notes: Keynote address