*The author would like to thank the agencies which funded this work: The Alzheimer's Association/National Catholic Society of Foresters Pilot Research Grant (PRG-93–148), which funded the larger project from which this emerged, and the Center on Aging Oversight Committee, University of Chicago, for covering transcription costs of qualitative interviews. Thanks to Professor Pauline Boss for the support that went above and beyond the call of duty. Thanks also to Carlos Mendes de Leon, Ph.D., for encouragement and regular feedback on earlier drafts and to David Bennett, MD, and Dan Kuhn, LCSW, for their comments and suggestions. I am also indebted to the student interviewers who collected the data and especially to the caregivers who opened their homes and shared their stories with us.
A Couplehood Typology for Spouses of Institutionalized Persons With Alzheimer's Disease: Perceptions of “We”–“I”*
Version of Record online: 19 FEB 2004
Volume 50, Issue 1, pages 87–98, January 2001
How to Cite
Kaplan, L. (2001), A Couplehood Typology for Spouses of Institutionalized Persons With Alzheimer's Disease: Perceptions of “We”–“I”. Family Relations, 50: 87–98. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2001.00087.x
- Issue online: 19 FEB 2004
- Version of Record online: 19 FEB 2004
- Received 4-8-99; Revised & Resubmitted 11-30-99; Accepted 5-17-00
- community-dwelling spouses;
A qualitative analysis of 68 community-dwelling spouses of institutionalized patients with Alzheimer's disease was conducted. The goal was to ascertain to what degree they perceived themselves as married. Five groups representing different degrees of couplehood emerged. Ranging from strong couplehood to no couplehood, groups were given the following terms: “’Til Death Do Us Parts,”“We, but …,”“Husbandless Wives/Wifeless Husbands,”“Becoming an I,” and “Unmarried Marrieds.” Ways to interpret this typology and implications for both further research and practitioners are described.