PCT and dementia

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Phil McEvoy John Eden Lydia Morris Warren Mansell , (2016),“Dementia: towards a perceptual control theory perspective”,
Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 17 Iss 4 pp. 229 - 238


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the psychosocial experiences of people living with
dementia using a perceptual control theory (PCT) perspective.

Design/methodology/approach – Conceptual paper.

Findings – The paperr suggests that people with dementia may control their perceptions by using four
modes of control: control, automatic, passive observation and imagination.

Research limitations/implications – The paper highlights how a perceived sense of “too littleâ€? or “too
much� control can create psychological and emotional distress, as people with dementia seek to respond to
the changing contextual circumstances of their lives. However, more work needs to be done to develop
specific PCT informed strategies that may serve the goal of helping people who are living with dementia to
maximise their functioning and alleviate their distress.

Originality/value – The potential benefits of adopting a PCT perspective to understand the experiences of
people living with dementia have only been explored in a relatively superficial way. This paper is a first attempt
to develop a more considered analysis.


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