Journal article

Interactional perspectives on the mistreatment of older and vulnerable people in long-term care settings

Martin Stevens, Simon Biggs, Josie Dixon, Anthea Tinker, Jill Manthorpe

BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2013

Abstract

This article draws on a study aimed at developing theoretical and methodological understanding of the abuse and neglect (mistreatment) of older people in long-term care settings such as care homes and hospitals. It presents an interactionist account of mistreatment of older people in such establishments. Starting with an outline of definitional issues surrounding the topic, the allied concept of dignity is also briefly explored, and one important model described; we present dignity as the converse of mistreatment. The article argues for the potential of a positioning theory analysis of mistreatment. Positioning theory proposes that interactions are based on taking of 'positions', clusters of..

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