Spousal Relationship Change in Dementia: What is the Impact of Communication?

Occurring Dates
Participant Duration
60 minutes (1x 1hour interview over Zoom)
State of study
All States

This research will investigate the experience of spousal carers of people living with dementia.  Specifically, we want to understand how spousal carers describe the experience of communication changes with their partner and the impact on the spousal relationship in the context of dementia.

Findings from this research will inform speech pathologists about areas that may benefit from communication related treatment or education, with a focus on supporting the couple’s overall communication with each other, and potentially, their relationship quality and increase advocacy and support for the couple.

We are seeking participants who are the partner/spouse and primary carer of a person with a primary diagnosis of dementia (participants must have known their partner before the dementia diagnosis)

Participation details;

  • taking part in a one-on-one interview with one or two of the researchers
  • in the interview you will be asked questions about your relationship and communication with your partner who is living with dementia. 
  • the interview will take approximately 60 minutes to complete
  • the interview will take place in a private room on Australian Catholic University premises (Brisbane); or over the telephone, or over video-call applications such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams
Participation details

To participate, please contact Dr. Erin Conway by email erin.conway@acu.edu.au or phone 07 3623 7852

For further information please follow this link: https://acu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_byJlV3bKGqzt2Lk

This research has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Australian Catholic University (review number 2019-349 EAP).

Full Name
Dr Erin Conway
Australian Catholic University
Phone Number
07 3623 7852