A Study on the Life World of Chinese Elders with Assisted Caring by Institutions: From the Perspective of Ethnographic Psychology
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 7, Issue 3, June 2018, Pages: 62-68
Received: Aug. 7, 2018; Accepted: Sep. 4, 2018; Published: Oct. 11, 2018
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Tangsheng Wang, School of Philosophy, Wuhan University, Wuhan City, China
Siyu Qian, Affiliated High School, South China Normal University, Guangzhou City, China
Yabei Zeng, Chongqing Nankai Secondary School, Chongqing City, China
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The global society is gradually paying more and more attention to the elders with the rapidly ageing population in the world, and Chinese researchers pay more attention to how to care for the elders. The current study focuses on the elders living in a nursing home and living at home with community assistance. Employing ethnographic methods to study aging psychology, researchers interviewed 21 elders to analyze the focus in their life world during two year of participatory observation, meanwhile the physical and social environments definite sample attributes of elders with assisted caring by institutions. The result shows that although the backgrounds and personalities of these group members were different, they talked about common topics such as age, health, family relationships, neighborhood relationships, incomes, life feelings, and life strategies. The common theme was how to live a good life, including that Living in Nursing Home to Adapt to Frailty in Body, the Life in the Nursing Home is a continuous form of the Life at Home, Keeping positive to live a Good Life and believing that Longevity Is a Blessing. Either silent behaviors or voiced conversations are showing the obvious meaning of life. In a modern society with advanced technology causing elders to be isolated, this is thought-provoking.
Life World, Assisted Caring by Institutions, Elders, Ethnographic Psychology
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Tangsheng Wang, Siyu Qian, Yabei Zeng, A Study on the Life World of Chinese Elders with Assisted Caring by Institutions: From the Perspective of Ethnographic Psychology, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 7, No. 3, 2018, pp. 62-68. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20180703.14
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