Living together with age related macular degeneration:an interpretative phenomenological analysis of sense-making within a dyadic relationship


In this article, we present an idiographic analysis of a couple's experience of living and coming to terms with age-related macular degeneration. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to explore three joint interviews, conducted over an 18-month period, with a married couple (aged 82 and 77 years) both living with age-related macular degeneration. Three themes are discussed: the disruption of vision impairment, managing mutual deterioration and resilience through togetherness. We discuss the existential challenges of vision impairment and consider the applicability of Galvin and Todres' typology of well-being as a means of understanding well-being in older adults.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Optometry & Vision Science Research Group (OVSRG)
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Vision, Hearing and Language
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Optometry
Uncontrolled Keywords: interpretative phenomenological analysis,older person,phenomenology,qualitative methods,well-being,Applied Psychology
Publication ISSN: 1461-7277
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2024 07:08
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2019 09:09
Full Text Link: http://hpq.sage ... tent/20/10/1285
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2015-10
Published Online Date: 2013-12-01
Authors: Burton, Amy E.
Shaw, Rachel L. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0438-7666)
Gibson, Jonathan M. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-9281-5244)



Version: Accepted Version

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