The shared experience of caring: a study of care-workers' motivations and identifications at work

Bjerregaard, Kirstien, Haslam, S. Alexander, Mewse, Avril and Morton, Thomas (2015) The shared experience of caring: a study of care-workers' motivations and identifications at work. Ageing and Society, 1-26. doi:10.1017/S0144686X15000860


Author Bjerregaard, Kirstien
Haslam, S. Alexander
Mewse, Avril
Morton, Thomas
Title The shared experience of caring: a study of care-workers' motivations and identifications at work
Journal name Ageing and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-1779
0144-686X
Publication date 2015-10-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0144686X15000860
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 26
Total pages 26
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Abstract This article presents an analysis of long-term care-workers' work motivation that examines the way this is shaped by the social contexts in which they operate. We conducted a thematic analysis of 19 in-depth interviews with care-workers. Three core themes were identified as underpinning their motivation: those of ‘fulfilment’, ‘belonging’ and ‘valuing’, and together these contributed to a central theme of ‘pride’. We also found an overarching theme of ‘shared experience’ to be integral to the way in which care-workers made sense of their motivation and work experience. We draw on the social identity approach to provide a conceptual framework through which to understand how this shared experience shapes care-workers' motivation and the quality of care they deliver. In particular, we note the importance that care-workers' attach to their relationships with clients/patients and highlight the way in which this relational identification shapes their collective identification with their occupation and organisation and, through this, their motivation.
Keyword Care-workers
Motivation
Social identity approach
Thematic analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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