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'You're doing everything just fine': Praise in resiential care settings
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Scandinavian Languages.
2016 (English)In: Discourse Studies, ISSN 1461-4456, E-ISSN 1461-7080, Vol. 18, no 1, 64-86 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines the use of praise in caregiving of nursing home residents with dementia in Sweden. The data consist of video-recordings of staff–resident interaction in residential care settings where caregivers assist residents with personal hygiene. High-grade assessments accomplishing praise or a compliment such as ‘jättebra’ (‘great’) are routinely used online, simultaneously withthe care activity, by the caregiver when the residents are requested to undertake manual tasks ontheir own, such as tooth brushing, washing, dressing, and getting out of bed. It is shown that the primary function of the assessments is to encourage someone to do something, which is discussedas an institutionally related problem. These results contrast with prior research on domiciliary care in Sweden and Denmark, which show that high-grade assessment terms formulated so as toaccomplish praise or a compliment are reserved for situations where the home helper’s institutional role as the senior citizen’s helping hand is downplayed. It is argued that a more sensitive use of assessments and a higher awareness of the social norms concerning epistemic primacy may be a step toward implementing person-centeredness in residential care for older people.

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2016. Vol. 18, no 1, 64-86 p.
Keyword [en]
Conversation analysis, dementia, epistemic authority, high-grade assessments, praise, residential care, staff–resident interaction
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Languages and Literature
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Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125723DOI: 10.1177/1461445615613186ISI: 000368228800004OAI: diva2:894898
Omsorg som språkarbete. Hinder och möjligheter med svenska som andraspråk i den nya arbetsordningen
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2009-1016
Available from: 2016-01-16 Created: 2016-01-16 Last updated: 2016-02-15Bibliographically approved

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