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Where is the happiness in dementia?

Petty, Stephanie; Dening, Tom; Griffiths, Amanda; Coleston-Shields, Donna Maria


Stephanie Petty

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Clinical Professor in Dementia Research

Amanda Griffiths

Donna Maria Coleston-Shields


Our current research aims to explore how the emotional experiences of individuals with dementia are understood, and to improve the design and delivery of care interventions. A preliminary, incidental, finding from our initial systematic literature search is reported here. Increasingly, the experience of dementia is understood from the viewpoint of the individual. However, this is not reflected in the body of research literature, which is predominantly orientated towards detailing the neuropsychiatric symptoms of mood, cognition, behaviour or physiology and ‘managing’ the condition.


Petty, S., Dening, T., Griffiths, A., & Coleston-Shields, D. M. (2016). Where is the happiness in dementia?. International Psychogeriatrics, 28(10),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 25, 2016
Online Publication Date Jun 13, 2016
Publication Date Sep 30, 2016
Deposit Date Jan 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 26, 2018
Journal International Psychogeriatrics
Print ISSN 1041-6102
Electronic ISSN 1741-203X
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 10
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