The goal of nursing research is to develop a body of knowledge that will support and advance nursing practice, and the distinctness of the discipline is to focus on health and illness from a subjective, contextual and daily life perspective. The capability approach is a broad normative framework for the conceptualization, evaluation and assessment of individual wellbeing and social opportunities that include dimensions of freedom, agency, intrinsic values, functionings, resources, utility and the process of public debate (Sen, 1992; Robeyns, 2005). Although the approach puts human agency at the center of the stage, the options that an older person has in everyday life depend greatly on his or her functional ability, relations with others, social circumstances and public policy (Drèze & Sen, 2002).
While several aspect of the approach might have relevance for nursing research, in this chapter, we will focus on the agentic capability perspective that emphasize capability as the person’s ability to govern his or her life, to do the things that he or she have reason to value, and to be the person he or she wants to be (Robeyns, 2008). We propose that health in the fourth age can be regarded as having the personal capability to master the gains and losses of late-life, and to experience wellbeing while living with functional disability and chronic illness. We also propose that, from a nursing standpoint, the is particularly interesting since it health and capability is highly influenced by the individual’s resilience (i.e. to be both an agent of change and a model of stability), and self-efficacy (i.e. the beliefs a person holds regarding his or her ability to affect situations and execute courses of action required to deal with life).
Chair: Hanna Falk, AgeCap & University of Gothenburg
Co-hosts: Helle Wijk, University of Gothenburg; Anna-Karin Edberg, Kristianstad University; Jimmie Kristensson, Lund University; Annelie Orrung Walling; Kristianstad University
Venue: Institute of Health and care Science, University of Gothenburg
Time: May 22nd, 13:00 – 17:00
How to Register: Registration to the pre-congress meeting in geriatric nursing will open in October 2018.