The Meaning of Support as Narrated by Family Carers Who Care for a Senior Relative at Home

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Peter Stoltz, Ania Willman, Giggi Udén
Title: The Meaning of Support as Narrated by Family Carers Who Care for a Senior Relative at Home
Translated title: Innebörden av begreppet stöd såsom det berättas av en familjemedlem som tar hand om en äldre person i hemmet
Journal: Qualitative Health Research
Year: 2006
Volume: 16
Issue: 5
Pagination: 594-610
ISSN: 1049-7323
Publisher: Sage Publications
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Health Science (Sektionen för hälsa)
School of Health Science S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: The authors´aim in this study is to illuminate the meaning of support as narrated by family members who care for a senior relative at home. Twenty individuals who cared for a senior relative at home participated. Narrative interviews resulted in a text, which the authors analyzed in three recurring phases, naive understanding, structural analysis, and comprehensive understanding, using the phenomenological hermeneutical method. They formulated two themes from the analysis: Experiencing a togetherness with others in caring and Sensingtogetherness with oneself in caring. The meaning of support was understood here as Sensing togetherness. In the comprehensive understanding, the authors further illuminate thismeaning using literature on the concepts of frienship, inner strengt, and manageability through the sense of coherence theory. They provide suggestions for the relevance to practice and further research.
Summary in Swedish: Genom att använda fenomenologisk hermeneutisk metod har författarna analyserat tjugo intervjuer med personer som vårdar en äldre familjemedlem i hemmet för att förstå och klargöra innebörden i begreppet stöd. Nyckelord: Stöd,äldre, upplevd erfarenhet
Subject: Nursing & Caring Sciences\General
Keywords: support, family carer, aged, lived experience