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Expressed Sense of Self by People With Alzheimers Disease in a Support Group Interpreted in Terms of Agency and Communion
Karolinska Institute, Sweden; Ersta Skondal University of Coll, Sweden.
Karolinska Institute, Sweden; Ersta Skondal University of Coll, Sweden.
Karolinska Institute, 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 Medicine and Health Sciences. Ersta Skondal University of Coll, Sweden.
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Applied Gerontology, ISSN 0733-4648, E-ISSN 1552-4523, Vol. 35, no 4, 421-443 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

The self is constructed in cooperation with other people and social context influences how people perceive and express it. People with Alzheimers disease (AD) often receive insufficient support in constructing their preferred selves, but little is known about how they express themselves together with other people with AD. In accordance with Harres social constructionist theory of self, this study aimed to describe how five people with mild and moderate AD express their Self 2 (i.e., their personal attributes and life histories) in a support group with a facilitator experienced in communicating with people with AD. The participants expressions of their Self 2 were analyzed with qualitative abductive content analysis and interpreted in terms of agency and communion and a lack of agency and communion. The findings highlight the importance of supporting a sense of agency and communion when assisting people with AD in constructing their self.

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SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC , 2016. Vol. 35, no 4, 421-443 p.
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self; Alzheimers disease; agency; communion; support group
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126798DOI: 10.1177/0733464814530804ISI: 000371695800004PubMedID: 24776791OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-126798DiVA: diva2:917739
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Funding Agencies|Oscar and Maria Ekman Foundation; Ersta Diakoni; Dementia Association-The National Association for the Rights of the Demented; Swedish Order of St. John; Erling-Persson Family Foundation

Available from: 2016-04-07 Created: 2016-04-05 Last updated: 2016-04-07

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