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Older Persons’ Experiences of Depressive Ill-Health and Family Support
Centre for Women’s, Family and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Buskerud and Vestfold University College, Kongsberg.
Centre for Women’s, Family and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Buskerud and Vestfold University College, Kongsberg.
Centre for Women’s, Family and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Vestfold University College.
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, undergraduate level. Centre for Women’s, Family and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Buskerud and Vestfold University College, Kongsberg.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0305-8649
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2013 (English)In: Nursing Research and Practice, ISSN 2090-1429, E-ISSN 2090-1437, no Article ID 837529, 1-8 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to explore experiences of the meaning of family support among older persons with depressive illhealth.Data were collected from twenty-nine participants through semistructured interviews and analysed using interpretative hermeneutic and reflective methodology. The findings revealed a main theme, hovering between feelings of belongingness and aloneness in relationships with family members, based on two themes: a sense of being worthy and a sense of being unworthy.Experiences of support and lack of support from family members were not opposites but connected in internal relationships andcan be pictured as a movement on a continuum of ambiguity. Family support promotes the emotional needs of older persons withdepressive ill-health to be confirmed. The family plays a vital role, not always by direct assistance, but indirectly by supporting theolder person's own "guiding principles" for managing her/his situation. The feelings of aloneness as well as shame and guilt at pooror absent family responsiveness should be adequately addressed. Innovative nursing care can lead to improvement by focusing on acquiescence to the older person's life situation.

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Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2013. no Article ID 837529, 1-8 p.
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Old people, depression, family support
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Nursing
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7272DOI: 10.1155/2013/837529OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7272DiVA: diva2:779096
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2015-01-12Bibliographically approved

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