Communicating in family aged care dyads Part 1: The influence of stereotypical role expectations

Edwards, Helen E. & Chapman, Helen M. (2004) Communicating in family aged care dyads Part 1: The influence of stereotypical role expectations. Quality in Ageing, 5(2), pp. 3-11.


This paper contends that dysfunctional patterns of communication can develop in family aged care dyads in response to stereotypical role expectations in the caregiving-carereceiving relationship, thus giving rise to a role predicament of caring. If this argument holds it follows that more productive and effective forms of communication and relationship are dependent upon both members of the aged care dyad understanding the expectations of their role and if necessary reconstructing them. Part 1 of this two part conceptual paper develops the Communication Predicament of Ageing Model to include role expectations. The conceptions are grounded in important conclusions drawn from data contained in a large comprehensive study of older people and their family caregivers. Part 2 of the paper (to be published in the next issue of Quality in Ageing) introduces the health promoting communication model which was developed as a framework for guiding both prevention and intervention strategies to prevent or transform a role predicament of caring.

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ID Code: 1291
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: older people, carereceiving, family communication, caregiving, role expectations
ISSN: 1471-7794
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Pavilion Publishing
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 20 Oct 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 09:39

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