What do adolescents perceive to be key features of an effective dementia education and awareness initiative?

Parveen, Sahdia, Farina, Nicolas, Shafiq, Saba, Hughes, Laura J and Griffiths, Alys W (2018) What do adolescents perceive to be key features of an effective dementia education and awareness initiative? Dementia. ISSN 1471-3012

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Abstract

The development of dementia friendly communities is a current global and national priority for the UK. As a response to policy, there have been a number of dementia awareness initiatives disseminated with the aim of reducing the stigma associated with a diagnosis of dementia. The inclusion of adolescents in such initiatives in imperative in order to sustain dementia friendly communities. With this is mind, the aim of this study was to establish the dementia education needs of adolescents and effective dissemination strategies to convey key messages. A total of 42 adolescents aged 12 to 18 years participated in eight focus group discussions. Key themes to emerge from discussions included: the importance of dementia awareness, topics of interest within dementia, preferred methods of learning, the inclusion of the person living with dementia and the use of social media. The findings of the study will enable the development of appropriate dementia awareness initiatives for adolescents and thus facilitate the sustainability of dementia friendly communities.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Neuroscience
Subjects: L Education
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry > RC0438 Psychiatry > RC0512 Psychopathology > RC0513 Psychoses > RC0521 Dementia
Depositing User: Nicolas Farina
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 14:37
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2018 15:05
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79128

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