Embodied care : affective touch as a facilitating resource for interaction between caregivers and residents in a care home for older adults

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Mononen , K 2019 , ' Embodied care : affective touch as a facilitating resource for interaction between caregivers and residents in a care home for older adults ' , Linguistics vanguard : multimodal online journal , vol. 5 , no. s2 , 20180036 . https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2018-0036

Title: Embodied care : affective touch as a facilitating resource for interaction between caregivers and residents in a care home for older adults
Author: Mononen, Kaarina
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies
Date: 2019-06-22
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Linguistics vanguard : multimodal online journal
ISSN: 2199-174X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/326927
Abstract: This article analyses how caregivers use affective touch as a resource to facilitate interaction. Through touch, caregivers construct positive socio-emotional relationships with their residents. The analysis of micro-level interaction is based on an interactional sociolinguistic framework, and reveals how caregivers display affection and intimacy while assisting the residents in everyday situations in a care home. All of the examples involve touching a person's shoulder, stroking or giving half-embraces, typical resources used to construct affiliation between caregivers and residents. This article illustrates how affective touch facilitates interaction by regulating participation and calming down residents, by mitigating the controlling aspect of caring, and by fostering a positive interpersonal relationship. The care situations presented in this article contain crucial pauses within talk that are used to construct a peaceful atmosphere. During these crucial moments, embodied action effectively indicates an orientation to listening and establishes a presence to accomplish the actions in that situational talk. This analysis contributes to the studies on embodied interaction and on interpersonal relationships in care for older adults.(1)
Subject: 6121 Languages
language and aging
care home
interaction
touch
affective
COMMUNICATION
PARTICIPATION
ORGANIZATION
LANGUAGE
TALK
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