Emotion regulation and decision-making in persons with dementia: a scoping review

Perach, Rotem, Rusted, Jennifer, Harris, Peter R, Miles, Eleanor and for the DETERMIND team, (2020) Emotion regulation and decision-making in persons with dementia: a scoping review. Dementia. pp. 1-23. ISSN 1471-3012

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Background and Objectives
Emotion is integral to decision-making, and emotion regulation is associated with improved well-being in older age. Persons with dementia are likely to experience impairments in emotion regulation processes that can potentially contribute to differential decision-making and well-being outcomes. To promote the development of theoretical models of well-being in dementia, we review the quantitative evidence concerning the associations between emotion regulation and decision-making in dementia.

Scoping review.

Seven studies of persons with dementia met our criteria. In persons with frontotemporal lobar degeneration, emotion regulation processes that precede the emotional experience were associated with decision-making in a moral (but not uncertainty) context. Independent of type of dementia, evidence concerning the associations between emotion regulation processes that occur after emotion is experienced and decision-making was mixed and drew on different methodologies. No studies relating to the associations between decision-making in dementia and several emotion regulation processes and strategies were found.

In this review, we sought to clarify the concept of everyday decision-making in dementia and map the current state of evidence concerning its associations with emotion regulation. Our findings show that emotion regulation processes are associated with decision-making in dementia, depending on type of decision-making assessment and emotional experience. We outline the gaps in the literature to set a research agenda for promoting our understanding of how emotion regulation processes can shape the various decisions that are made by persons with dementia on a daily basis.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: decision-making, dementia, emotional regulation, review, well-being
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 09:35
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2021 15:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/95436

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