Citizenship as practice: Handling communication problems in encounters between persons with dementia and social workers
2014 (English)In: Dementia, ISSN 1471-3012, E-ISSN 1741-2684, 1-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
The overall aim of the study was to investigate if and how persons with dementia were able to take part in negotiations for formal support, as cases of citizenship as practice. The transcripts used for analysis were from 11 assessment meetings conducted in Sweden, in which the formal applicant was a person with dementia. The findings suggest that the actual participation of persons with dementia in assessment meetings varies. Communication problems were found in the meetings to different degrees and were dealt with differently and with various consequences. For those persons with dementia contributing at the same levels as the other participants, there was an attempt at mutual understanding. For those making fewer contributions, the other interlocutors took over the initiative and thus affected the practice of citizenship by persons with dementia in a negative way. The practice of citizenship is situation based and varies depending on all participants. When the person with dementia is able to participate in the conversation, social workers can facilitate for them to overcome communication problems by giving them more time and signaling acceptance. If the person with dementia has great problems in participating, the other participants can find different strategies to at least involve her or him in the conversation
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. 1-17 p.
Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119105DOI: 10.1177/1471301214563959PubMedID: 25525075OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-119105DiVA: diva2:818884