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Nursing Research and PracticeVolume 2013 2013, Article ID 837529, 8 pages

Research Article

Centre for Women’s, Family and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Vestfold University College, P.O. Box 2243, 3101 Tønsberg, Norway

Department for Nursing, Health and Culture, University West, 461 86 Trollhättan, Sweden

Received 10 May 2013; Revised 22 July 2013; Accepted 26 July 2013

Academic Editor: Mitra Unosson

Copyright © 2013 Anne Lyberg et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore experiences of the meaning of family support among older persons with depressive ill-health. 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 and can be pictured as a movement on a continuum of ambiguity. Family support promotes the emotional needs of older persons with depressive ill-health to be confirmed. The family plays a vital role, not always by direct assistance, but indirectly by supporting the older person’s own “guiding principles” for managing her-his situation. The feelings of aloneness as well as shame and guilt at poor or 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.





Author: Anne Lyberg, Anne Lise Holm, Erna Lassenius, Ingela Berggren, and Elisabeth Severinsson

Source: https://www.hindawi.com/



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