Maintaining the self: meanings of material objects after a residential transition later in life
Stevens, D., Camic, P. and Solway, R. 2019. Maintaining the self: meanings of material objects after a residential transition later in life. Educational Gerontology. https://doi.org/10.1080/03601277.2019.1601832
|Authors||Stevens, D., Camic, P. and Solway, R.|
Introduction: Moving house later in life can be a major transition and valued material objects may be important to this process. The present study aimed to develop an explanatory model for the meanings of material objects to older adults in the context of a residential transition.
Method: Using grounded theory methodology, 12 participants were interviewed about the meanings and roles of valued material objects following a residential transition. Older adult participants lived in either their own home or a care home.
Results: The model entails two core categories, “threats to identity” and “objects and identity continuity” along with four explanatory concepts, “moving and identity discontinuity”, “connections across time”, “attachments to others”, and “preserving self and ancestors in the memories of the next generation”.
Discussion: Objects were described to have important personal meanings which helped people maintain a sense of identity continuity following residential transition. They were associated with comfort, security and life review processes, which support identity continuity later in life.
Conclusion: Moving house later in life can threaten a person’s sense of self. However, material objects can help maintain a sense of identity continuity through reminiscence and life review processes. Implications for community and residential care moving house transitions are discussed.
|Keywords||older people; moving house; transition; material objects; ageing; possessions; later life|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/03601277.2019.1601832|
|Online||15 Apr 2019|
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|Deposited||24 Apr 2019|
|Accepted||27 Mar 2019|
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