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Title: Research in Care Homes Issues of Participation and Citizenship
Author(s): Law, Emma
Supervisor(s): Bowes, Alison
Robertson, Jane
Keywords: Citizenship
Care Homes
Issue Date: Oct-2016
Publisher: University of Stirling
Abstract: Across Scotland, there is a lack of research in care homes. This thesis explores this topic by examining links between inclusion, participation in general and participation in research and whether those who work and live in the care home environment experience social citizenship. Using a national survey and interviews with residents, staff, relatives and experts in care home research, this thesis investigated whether participation generally was linked to participation in research for residents, staff and visitors in a care home setting. The thesis further explored how social citizenship functions in a care home environment and whether there is a link between participation and citizenship. The findings suggest there is a lack of general participation which is connected with the leadership style and management within the care homes. There is misunderstanding about research and legislation amongst the care home staff, residents, visitors, as well as the junior research staff which inhibited staff and resident participation. Furthermore, citizenship is not experienced universally by residents or staff due to disempowerment, and exclusion occurs amongst residents due to age, frailty and dementia. By facilitating good leadership, communication and relationship-building such issues may be overcome. In addition, the analysis suggests a link is evident between inclusion, participation and citizenship. Where choice is provided and residents have their social position maintained, as well as have a degree of responsibility for shaping events, this leads to participation and inclusivity as described in Bartlett and O’Connor’s (2010) definition of social citizenship. Furthermore, if inclusion is adapted for cognition and frailty, then participation leads to the experience of social citizenship, encouraging a culture which can welcome research. The explicit emphasis on inclusion and participation in research has enabled this under-researched area of participation and experience of social citizenship in care homes to be more fully explored.
Type: Thesis or Dissertation

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