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Integrating the communicative predicament and enhancement of aging models: the case of older Native Americans

TitleIntegrating the communicative predicament and enhancement of aging models: the case of older Native Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsBarker, V, Giles, H
JournalHealth CommunHealth Commun
Volume15
Pagination255-75
ISBN Number1041-0236 (Print)<br/>1041-0236 (Linking)
Accession Number12788674
KeywordsAged, Aging/ethnology/physiology/ psychology, Communication, Cultural Characteristics, Female, Humans, Indians, North American/ psychology, Intergenerational Relations/ ethnology, Male, Models, Psychological, Professional-Patient Relations, Stereotyping, United States
AbstractThis article addresses issues of diversity in intergenerational communication by introducing a model that integrates key aspects of the communication predicament and enhancement models of aging with other potent constructs (e.g., group vitality, mindfulness). The model is then applied to the health care experience of an understudied population-older Native Americans. Specifically, it is used to illuminate how intergenerational communication may be facilitated or, indeed, hindered by communicative processes born out of categorization and stereotyping. Health care professionals (in particular), whose working environment is increasingly populated by older economically, culturally, and ethnically diverse patients, should be made aware of some of the strengths and weaknesses of their communicative practices in such intergenerational interactions.
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