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Dilemmas in witnessing elder abuse in caregiving situations: A family member perspective
University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, ISSN 1538-0696, Vol. 9, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Family members who witness elder abuse could be valuable partners to nurses and support personnel in case identification and intervention. The aim of this study was to explore an adult family member’s experiences of witnessing family situations of elder abuse. Interviews were conducted with a woman who had witnessed situations of elder abuse involving her uncle, his wife with disabilities, and health care personnel. Interviews were analyzed using van Manen’s thematic analysis and conception of narrative anecdotes, and development of poetic representations. The witness described conflictual feelings about her family and caregiving situation but felt there were no support personnel she could trust. She felt powerless and remained passive out of loyalty to family, need to protect family, and feeling shame that this was her family. Although she knew what she ought to do she could not live up to her ideals and instead tolerated escalating abuse. The family member witness viewed healthcare personnel as also tolerating and carrying responsibility for the abuse situation. For nurses and support personnel these findings point to the importance of personal and professional reflection and collegial discussions on morality, practice, what we see, and more importantly, what we do not see or want to see.

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2009. Vol. 9, no 1
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-1954OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-1954DiVA, id: diva2:309002
Available from: 2010-04-06 Created: 2010-04-06 Last updated: 2013-07-29Bibliographically approved

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