Social positioning by people with Alzheimer's disease in a support group
2014 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 0890-4056, Vol. 28, 11-21 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
People with Alzheimer's disease (AD) are often negatively positioned by others, resulting in difficulties upholding a positive sense of self. This might cause them to withdraw socially and apparently 'lose their minds'. Conversely, the sense of self can be strengthened with the support from others. This study aimed to describe, in accordance with positioning theory, how people with moderate AD positioned themselves and each other in a support group for people with AD. We describe five first-order positions; the project manager, the storyteller, the moral agent, the person burdened with AD, and the coping person. In the interactions that followed among the support group participants, those positions were mainly affirmed. This enabled participants to construct strong and agentic personae, and to have the severity of their illness acknowledged. Despite their language impairment participants managed to position and reposition themselves and others by assistance of the trained facilitator.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 28, 11-21 p.
Alzheimer's disease, Interaction, Personhood, Positioning, Self, Support group
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-86620DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2013.11.003ISI: 000330493000002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-86620DiVA: diva2:714864