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Author Creech, Sue ♦ Allen, Katherine R. ♦ Blieszner, Rosemary ♦ Roberto, Karen A. ♦ Schlenker, Eleanor ♦ Teaster, Pamela B.
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Older Woman Perception ♦ Sexual Intimacy ♦ Perceived Area ♦ Utilizing In-depth Interview ♦ Formal Medical Intervention ♦ Systemic Perspective ♦ Social Constructionism ♦ Theoretical Framework ♦ Second Interview ♦ Symbolic Interactionism ♦ Willing Participant ♦ Urinary Incontinence ♦ Perceived Potential Intervention ♦ System Perspective
Abstract The purpose of this study was to examine factors that influence the experience of urinary incontinence (UI) as it relates to sexual intimacy for older women. Additionally, I wanted to identify perceived areas of intervention that might positively influence the experience of UI as it relates to sexual intimacy for participants. The sample consisted of 10 women who ranged in age from 65 to 81. The theoretical framework guiding this study was a systemic perspective in which how participants make meaning is given prominence. Symbolic interactionism, social constructionism, and systems perspective are interwoven to provide the foundation for this study. Data were collected utilizing in-depth interviews. Self-portraits were introduced to enrich conversation during the second interview. Three conclusions were drawn from this study. First, feelings of secrecy that permeated this project were manifested in the lack of willing participants as well as brevity of responses during interactions with participants. Second, participants indicated a tendency to minimize their incontinence and to manage their symptoms without formal medical intervention. Third, participants offered perceived potential interventions that
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Publisher Date 2002-01-01