Determinants of dementia attitudes in young people
Dr Nicolas Farina, Dr Naji Tabet
Friday 28 May 2021
About the Project
Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship to join the internationally recognised Centre for Dementia Studies, Brighton and Sussex Medical School at the University of Sussex Campus. The studentship is funded by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Dementia-related stigma can lead to people with dementia not accessing the support and care that they need, whilst also resulting in them to become isolated from family members and the wider community. Many young people have already had some form of experience of dementia within their family or wider community, though we know that stigmatising attitudes already exist in this group. A focus on young people is particularly important because they will become our future policy makers, healthcare professionals and carers of the future. Before we can develop an effective anti-stigma intervention we need to better understand what are the drivers and facilitators of dementia-related stigma in young people.
This PhD studentship will explore what factors are associated with dementia attitudes at a young age (≤18 years old), whether this is related to personal experience, media messages, or tied with non-modifiable factors. This will be achieved through systematically reviewing existing evidence, secondary data analysis of cohort data, and the set-up of a novel longitudinal study of stigma in young people.
The knowledge gained will help researchers, educators and advocates to better understand how and why stigmatising attitudes towards dementia form, which would allow for evidence based interventions to be developed. Young people and people with dementia (and carers) will be consulted to optimise the study design and dissemination strategies.
The successful student will develop skills in psychology, with a particular emphasis in quantitative research methods and review methodology. The project, will also provide an opportunity to work with both young people and people living with dementia. Ultimately, this PhD will provide the successful student with the critical skills and experience to make them a highly competitive candidate for a postdoctoral research position.
Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Nicolas Farina (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please contact the Brighton and Sussex Medical School Doctoral and Research Officer (email@example.com), with any other queries. Applications should be made through the University of Brighton portal which can be access via the Brighton and Sussex Medical School PhD opportunities webpage.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School is fully committed to ensuring that the curriculum and values are inclusive and justice oriented, and that students, staff and broader community feel welcome and respected (www.bsms.ac.uk/inclusivity).
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Applicants for this 3-year PhD should possess or expect to be awarded a minimum of a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology, sociology, health sciences, public health, education or related subject. Both UK/EU and non-EU citizens can apply (home fees will be paid for UK citizens; non-UK citizens will be liable for the difference in fees between the rate for home students and the overseas student rate).