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Being, feeling and acting: A qualitative study of Swedish home-help care recipients' understandings of dependence and independence
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life (NISAL), Linköping University, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 0890-4056, Vol. 24, no 2, 75-87 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article contributes to the debate on dependence and independence through a study of how a group of 29 cognitively healthy Swedish home-help care recipients between the ages of 77 and 93 perceive their situation. Two overall themes with regards to how the constructs of dependence and independence are understood were found. One of them concerns how being in need of help can be justified (i.e. the why of receiving help) and the other how the very situation of being in need of help and care can be regarded (i.e. the how of receiving help). The study reveals a clear distinction between receiving help and care and feeling dependent, as well as between receiving help and care and being able to remain an active agent. On the basis of these findings we argue for the fruitfulness of distinguishing between ‘being’, ‘feeling’ and ‘acting’ as aspects of dependence and independence.

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2010. Vol. 24, no 2, 75-87 p.
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Dependence, Independence, Home-help care recipients, Elderly people, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-132116DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2008.10.002ISI: 000276713600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-132116DiVA: diva2:356986
Available from: 2010-10-14 Created: 2010-10-14 Last updated: 2012-12-10Bibliographically approved

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