Markers of older widow's trust of nonprofessional home-care helpers

Eileen J. Porter, Sue Lasiter

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Abstract

There is little literature about the relationships of older women who live alone and the paid, nonprofessional helpers who assist them Studies of interpersonal trust have focused on the vulnerability of the trusting person and actions of the trusted person. The actions of the trusting person, or empirical indicators of trust, have had little attention. Our purpose was to describe the actions of older women that were indicative of their trust in nonprofessional home-care helpers. In a descriptive phenomenological study of 25 older widows, a subsample of 11 women who had hired nonprofessional helpers reported actions toward the helpers that we deemed markers of trust. The overarching marker of trust was keeping my eyes off of the helper, with five subsidiary markers, including allowing the helper to enter my house at will. Findings extend empirical knowledge about trust, raise new questions about interpersonal theories of trust, and suggest further areas of study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-150
Number of pages6
JournalCare Management Journals
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Descriptive phenomenology
  • Home care
  • Older women
  • Trust

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  • Leadership and Management

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Markers of older widow's trust of nonprofessional home-care helpers. / Porter, Eileen J.; Lasiter, Sue.

In: Care Management Journals, Vol. 5, No. 3, 09.2004, p. 145-150.

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Porter, Eileen J. ; Lasiter, Sue. / Markers of older widow's trust of nonprofessional home-care helpers. In: Care Management Journals. 2004 ; Vol. 5, No. 3. pp. 145-150.
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