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Dignity work of older women caring for a husband with dementia at home

Tranvåg, Oscar, Nåden, Dagfinn and Gallagher, Ann (2019) Dignity work of older women caring for a husband with dementia at home Health Care for Women International. pp. 1-23.

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In this study, we explored perceptions of dignity, and sources preserving dignity of six older Norwegian women caring for a home-dwelling husband with dementia. Through hermeneutic interpretation of in-depth interviews, “having personal integrity,” “mastering everyday life,” and “giving of one self” were identified as crucial intrapersonal aspects of dignity – while “acknowledging worthiness and uniqueness of each human being” was found to be an essential interpersonal aspect. Nine dignity-preserving sources identified suggests that the wives engaged in “dignity work” to preserve their own dignity as a caregiver, as well as to safeguard the dignity of their husbands who were vulnerable to dignity loss.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
Tranvåg, Oscar
Nåden, Dagfinn
Date : 2019
DOI : 10.1080/07399332.2019.1578780
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Health Care for Women International on 26 March 2019, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : Dignity; Caring; Wives; Husbands; Dementia
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 08 May 2019 07:26
Last Modified : 27 Mar 2020 02:08

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