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Title: Discourse Analysis as a Tool for Uncovering the Lived Experience of Dementia: Metaphor Framing and Well-being in Early-onset Dementia Narratives
Author: Castaño Castaño, Emilia
Keywords: Demència
Anàlisi del discurs narratiu
Narrative discourse analysis
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2020
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract: Abstract The aim of this article is to explore how metaphor is mobilized to frame and describe the lived experience of dementia in a corpus of illness narratives compiled from 10 blogs initiated and maintained by individuals diagnosed with early-onset dementia. The article is set against the background of contemporary healthcare practices and discourse around chronic illness and focuses on the metaphors that patients use to communicate about their dementia experience in relation to three basic psychological needs: autonomy, competence and relatedness, which are essential for human well-being and are heavily challenged in complex medical situations. Results are discussed in terms of the framing metaphors provide of the emotional, psychological impact of dementia and their implications for patient-centered care. This study expands prior work by researching metaphors used for a condition that has been scarcely explored from this point of view and by focusing on the patient's perspective exclusively. Keywords Blog narratives, communication, conceptual metaphor, dementia, illness discourse, self- determination theory
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It is part of: Discourse & Communication, 2020, vol. 14, num. 2, p. 115-132
ISSN: 1750-4813
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