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Development of older mens caregiving roles for wives with dementia
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Ersta Skondal University of Coll, Sweden.
Ersta Skondal University of Coll, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
Swedish Red Cross University of Coll, Sweden.
Jönköping University, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 31, no 4, p. 957-964Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This secondary analysis of qualitative interviews describes how older Swedish men approach the caregiver role for a wife with dementia, over time. An increasing number of male caregivers will become primary caregivers for partners living with dementia at home, and they will likely be caregivers for an extended period of time. It has been stated that caregiving experiences influence how older men think of themselves. The theoretical starting point is a constructivist position, offering an understanding of older caregiving mens constructions and reconstructions of themselves and their caregiver roles. Seven men, who were cohabiting with their wives, were interviewed on up to five occasions at home during a 5- to 6-year period. The findings comprise three themes; me and it, me despite it, it is me, depict how these men gradually take on and normalise the caregiving tasks, and how they develop and internalise a language based on their caring activities. The results provide understanding about the relationship between men as caregivers and how this influences them as individuals. By careful attention to each caregiving mans individual needs rather than making gendered assumptions about men and caring, the aim of the caregiver support for men might best target mens own meaning to the caring in their the everyday practices.

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WILEY , 2017. Vol. 31, no 4, p. 957-964
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constructivism; dementia; gender; informal caregivers; older men; secondary analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-144155DOI: 10.1111/scs.12419ISI: 000416413000035PubMedID: 28124456OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-144155DiVA: diva2:1171902
Available from: 2018-01-08 Created: 2018-01-08 Last updated: 2018-01-08

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