Handling the "People who are trying to get to youg": Incidents with troublesome visitors reported by older women living alone

Eileen J. Porter, Sue Lasiter

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Older women have been viewed as vulnerable and fearful of crime, but little is known about how they try to reduce the risk of intrusion relative to encounters with troublesome visitors at home. During a phenomenological study of the home care experience, 6 women (aged 82ĝ€"93 years) reported such an encounter with someone they knew. Our purpose was to describe intentions relative to encounters and the relevant personal-social context. Because the women were trying to keep a particular person at arm's 1/4s length, the new concept of focused fear was proposed. Six contextual elements were discerned and understood as facets of vulnerability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-122
Number of pages15
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007



  • Fear of crime
  • Focused fear older women
  • Victimization
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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