Freedom and Imperative: Mutual Care Between Older Spouses With Physical Disabilities
2014 (English)In: Journal of Family Nursing, ISSN 1074-8407, E-ISSN 1552-549X, Vol. 20, no 2, 204-225 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article explores mutual caregiving between older spouses aging with physical disabilities. Nine older couples, where both partners had lived long lives with physical disabilities, were interviewed as dyads about mutual caregiving. The couples not only had access to different kinds and degrees of formal support but also provided mutual care to each other in a variety of ways. Interview coding using grounded theory led to two overarching categories from which motivation for mutual caregiving could be understood. These categories were Mutual care as freedom and Mutual care as imperative. The results extend understanding about how older couples with disabilities attached meaning to their mutual caregiving, and why mutual care was sometimes preferable, despite the availability of other sources of help and despite practical difficulties of providing this help. These findings suggest that health care professionals need to be sensitive to the dynamics of the couple relationship and carefully explore the couple’s preferences for how formal support can best be provided in ways that honor and sustain the integrity of the couple relationship
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2014. Vol. 20, no 2, 204-225 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104806DOI: 10.1177/1074840714524058ISI: 000335448500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-104806DiVA: diva2:699253