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Caring for self and others: Second generation Polish American elders in an ethnic club

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Abstract

This article reveals the process and findings of a 3-year field experience at a Polish American ethnic club in Southwest USA. Precipitated by a clinical problem in the care of an elderly Polish American man, the purpose of this study was to describe the meaning of caring from the perspective of community-dwelling, second generation Polish American elderly. Ten categories and eight themes were inferred from content analysis of transcribed interviews with 7 key informants and represent the elderly-club members' view of caring. Recommendations include nursing care and research strategies with elders and suggested hypotheses for future study.

Funding source: NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship Award # 5F31 NU-05588-03, US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Division of Nursing (University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson, AZ), October 1982–September 1985.