Culture, Ageing and the Construction of Pain

Lane, Pauline and Smith, David (2018) Culture, Ageing and the Construction of Pain. Geriatrics, 3 (3). p. 40. ISSN 2308-3417

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In this paper, the authors seek to discuss some of the complexities involved in cross-cultural working in relation to the communication and management of pain in older people. Specifically, the paper addresses the culture construction of ageing and how pain is often constructed as a natural part of ageing. The authors also suggest that with the rise of the ideology of active-ageing, many older people who are disabled or living in chronic pain, may feel a moral imperative to hide pain and ill-health. The discussion extends into looking at the impact of culture and the communication of pain, including specific idioms of distress, somaticize and the lay-management of pain through stoicism. The literature utilised in this paper was based on a thematic review, exploring the cultural dimensions of health, illness and pain in old age. The review also drew on the authors’ previous publications, as well as their extensive community research experience working with ethnic minority communities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: culture, ageing, pain, idioms of distress, somatisation, cultural concepts of distress, stoicism
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2018 13:16
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:56

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