Charlotte Manceau

Doctorante - Psychologie de la Santé, Psychopathologie
  • Composantes, facultés
  • Domaines de recherche

    processus dyadiques, couple, maladies neuro-évolutives, bien-être, psychothérapie de couple

Bureau F1.29 - Maison de la Recherche, Domaine Universitaire du Pont de Bois

Charlotte Manceau

Doctorante - Psychologie de la Santé, Psychopathologie

Axes de recherche

Thesis project

In the context of a neurodegenerative disorder (NDD), family caregivers, especially spouses, play a major role in the adjustment to the disease, through the care, support and assistance daily provided to the ill person. However, this support also has a negative impact on the quality of life and well-being of these spouses. Thus, dyadic interactions are disrupted and indicate the dyadic adjustment deterioration. To support spouses, interventions exist but have to be optimized. They lack specificity and do not meet the needs of relatives at different stages of the disease. They generally target Alzheimer’s disease, while other NDDs should also be taken into account. Finally, they are not aimed at couples, even though many studies stress the importance of considering the dyad as a system, as such in health psychology. 

Thus, this thesis work proposes innovative solutions to promote the acceptance of the disease, for the dyad rather than for the caregiver or the patient alone, in a perennial way, for a set of neurodegenerative diseases. 

For this, (1) to understand the functioning of couples is essential : the qualitative phenomenological interpretative approach will be particularly suitable and will allow us to compare the differences and similarities between NDD. Based on these results, (2) a dyadic intervention will be created and proposed to a sample of couples. Theoretically anchored in transdiagnostic approaches focused on acceptance and well being, it will combine different therapeutic approaches for couples (mindfulness, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology), which have shown their benefits on the well-being, communication and intimacy of couples in general population. 

Finally, evaluating the efficiency and feasibility of these supports will allow us to understand the effects and benefits of this intervention for couples confronted with NDDs and to extend this work on a wider scale.