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Untold Stories; A phenomenological enquiry into why Six Swedish seniors wish not to tell their stories.

Osei-Poku, Evelyn LU (2018) PSYP01 20181
Department of Psychology
Abstract
Emphasis is being placed on how life narratives can be incorporated into caring for the elderly based on the assumption that aged health care should be grounded on narrative perspectives in order to reduce ageist behaviours. The success of this however depends on the willingness of the elderly to share their stories. The aim of this study was to explore the reasons why Swedish elders decline to share their life stories. Using semi-structured interviews, data was collected from six participants and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Findings suggest that Swedish elders’ refusal to share their life stories or excerpts of it reflects their need for privacy. The elders seemed to be naturally motivated to reflect and talk... (More)
Emphasis is being placed on how life narratives can be incorporated into caring for the elderly based on the assumption that aged health care should be grounded on narrative perspectives in order to reduce ageist behaviours. The success of this however depends on the willingness of the elderly to share their stories. The aim of this study was to explore the reasons why Swedish elders decline to share their life stories. Using semi-structured interviews, data was collected from six participants and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Findings suggest that Swedish elders’ refusal to share their life stories or excerpts of it reflects their need for privacy. The elders seemed to be naturally motivated to reflect and talk about their past, but their personal and interpersonal experiences have caused them to feel less inclined to share. Understanding the reasons why Swedish elders decline to share their stories may help families, and health practitioners to provide a supportive environment for sharing. This may contribute to a better psychological health and provide the opportunity for them to share their stories and enhance transmitting their knowledge and experiences to the younger generation. (Less)
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author
Osei-Poku, Evelyn LU
supervisor
organization
course
PSYP01 20181
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
narrative gerontology, life stories, elderly care, not sharing, privacy
language
English
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8952854
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2018-08-06 14:48:46
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2018-08-06 14:48:46
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  abstract     = {Emphasis is being placed on how life narratives can be incorporated into caring for the elderly based on the assumption that aged health care should be grounded on narrative perspectives in order to reduce ageist behaviours. The success of this however depends on the willingness of the elderly to share their stories. The aim of this study was to explore the reasons why Swedish elders decline to share their life stories. Using semi-structured interviews, data was collected from six participants and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Findings suggest that Swedish elders’ refusal to share their life stories or excerpts of it reflects their need for privacy. The elders seemed to be naturally motivated to reflect and talk about their past, but their personal and interpersonal experiences have caused them to feel less inclined to share. Understanding the reasons why Swedish elders decline to share their stories may help families, and health practitioners to provide a supportive environment for sharing. This may contribute to a better psychological health and provide the opportunity for them to share their stories and enhance transmitting their knowledge and experiences to the younger generation.},
  author       = {Osei-Poku, Evelyn},
  keyword      = {narrative gerontology,life stories,elderly care,not sharing,privacy},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Untold Stories; A phenomenological enquiry into why Six Swedish seniors wish not to tell their stories.},
  year         = {2018},
}