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Social positioning by people with Alzheimers disease in a support group
Karolinska Institute, Sweden Ersta Skondal University of Coll, Sweden Ersta Skondal University of Coll, Sweden .
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Karolinska Institute, Sweden Ersta Skondal University of Coll, Sweden .
Karolinska Institute, Sweden Ersta Skondal University of Coll, Sweden .
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2014 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, Vol. 28, 11-21 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

People with Alzheimers disease (AD) are often negatively positioned by others, resulting in difficulties upholding a positive sense of self. This might cause them to withdraw socially and apparently lose their minds. Conversely, the sense of self can be strengthened with the support from others. This study aimed to describe, in accordance with positioning theory, how people with moderate AD positioned themselves and each other in a support group for people with AD. We describe five first-order positions; the project manager, the storyteller, the moral agent, the person burdened with AD, and the coping person. In the interactions that followed among the support group participants, those positions were mainly affirmed. This enabled participants to construct strong and agentic personae, and to have the severity of their illness acknowledged. Despite their language impairment participants managed to position and reposition themselves and others by assistance of the trained facilitator.

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Elsevier , 2014. Vol. 28, 11-21 p.
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Alzheimers disease; Interaction; Personhood; Positioning; Self; Support group
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104839DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2013.11.003ISI: 000330493000002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-104839DiVA: diva2:699608
Available from: 2014-02-28 Created: 2014-02-28 Last updated: 2017-12-05

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