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Culture, ageing and the construction of pain

Version 1 : Received: 24 April 2018 / Approved: 24 April 2018 / Online: 24 April 2018 (17:13:05 CEST)

How to cite: Lane, P.; Smith, D. Culture, ageing and the construction of pain. Preprints 2018, 2018040319 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201804.0319.v1). Lane, P.; Smith, D. Culture, ageing and the construction of pain. Preprints 2018, 2018040319 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201804.0319.v1).

Abstract

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 suggests 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.

Subject Areas

culture, ageing, pain, idioms of distress, somatisation, cultural concepts of distress, stoicism

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