Dementia awareness in adolescents: a pilot study
Stigma leads to social isolation, reduced quality of life and loss of independence for people with dementia (It is also a major barrier for seeking and accessing support, diagnosis, treatment and information. As such, reducing stigma towards people with dementia is a key policy priority and features in the World Health Organisation Global Action Plan.
Negative attitudes towards dementia appears to form during adolescence, and there are a number of different dementia awareness initiatives that exist to try and tackle this. Unfortunately, most of these initiatives are localised and have not been robustly evaluated.
(1) To evaluate the short-medium term benefits of a dementia awareness session on adolescents’ attitudes and knowledge of dementia.
(2) To explore adolescents’ opinion and reactions to a dementia awareness session.
Funded by: University of Sussex Research Development Fund
CI: Nicolas Farina