Growing old on the farm: An Ethnonursing examination of aging and health within the Agrarian rural subculture
School of Nursing
Joan A. Masters
Kathryn Jay Elliott
aging, agrarian, culture, health beliefs, health practices, rural, transcultural nursing
The purpose of this Ethnonursing study was to discover and explore the elder agrarian rural subculture in regard to well-being, health beliefs, values and practices. In depth interviews utilizing a semi-structured interview guide were carried out with eleven key and 23 general informants in a rural county in south-central Minnesota. A snowball method was utilized to recruit informants. Concurrent analysis was carried out utilizing Leininger's phases of Ethnonursing analysis for qualitative data.
Data management and analysis was facilitated through the use of QSR NVivo software for qualitative data analysis version 6. Sixteen categories, ten patterns and three themes emerged from the data. The themes are: 1) Health and well being in Agrarian elder men and women is characterized by hardiness, 2) Agrarian elder men and women are interdependent with their spouse, family, and God to promote their health and well being and 3) To Agrarian elder men and women care is the physical and emotional presence of others during both health and illness. The findings of this study provide a framework from which to develop culturally congruent care for agrarian elders as well as identify implications for nursing theory, research, education and practice.
Witt, D. (2006). Growing old on the farm: An Ethnonursing examination of aging and health within the Agrarian rural subculture (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1377