• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What are the benefits and problems of encouraging people who are receiving care to talk about their past? What skills and sensitivities are required by workers to be able to undertake this work successfully?

Extracts from this document...


What are the benefits and problems of encouraging people who are receiving care to talk about their past? What skills and sensitivities are required by workers to be able to undertake this work successfully? For some people receiving care it can be difficult to maintain a sense of who they are, life experiences "can threaten or undermine people's ability to sustain or communicate their identity, a sense of who they are" (Unit 14, p.57). Whilst there are many benefits to encouraging people to talk about their past there can also be many problems, both for the carer and the cared for. To ensure a successful outcome a wide range of "skills and sensitivities" would be needed. Life story work is used with children and young people who, for whatever reason, need to talk about their past. Children and young people who have been separated from their birth parents and family could suffer from attachment disorder with problems and issues over their identity, "their past may be lost, much of it forgotten" (Offprints, p.73). This could lead to low self-esteem and self worth with feelings of "apathy and a depressed fatalistic outlook" (Offprints p.74), feeling worthless with problems moving forward and developing emotionally. To deal with their separation or loss children and young people can be helped and encouraged to talk about and look at their past through life story work, this could be in the form of a book, photo album, video or audio tape. ...read more.


Older people who are receiving care, either in a residential setting or in their own homes as an 'only survivor' may find it difficult to hang on to the parts of their lives which give them their identity. Opportunities to talk about past life experiences and interests may have decreased with the loss of family and friends. Because our past and our interests reflect what we find meaningful in life this loss of opportunity can be devastating. "Reminiscing is a central core in the identity of older people" (Coleman 1993 pp 19-20 Unit 14 p.45). This can be particularly difficult if you are growing old in a different country and culture to where you grew up. The older man from the Caribbean, quoted in Unit 14, p.43, says that "as you get older it's about reminiscences" and "by the time I reach 60 I will revert back to talking about family history and the importance of childhood in the Caribbean" although he also says that "you cannot have those reminiscences in and old people's home in this country". His cultural roots and his past are clearly important to him and this should be recognised, encouraging him to talk about these things would allow him to reinforce his identity and his culture. Listening to people relate their past history can offer an insight into the emotional needs of a person, "there is research evidence which suggests that with opportunities ...read more.


Being a good, active listener and being supportive and showing sympathy can help build trust. It is important to be aware of not imposing your own views and to let people tell you about his or her life in their own way. When working with children and young people on a life story book the carer needs to be sensitive to the child's emotions and be patient, particularly if the child becomes disruptive or distressed when talking about past events. Being trustworthy and maintaining confidentiality whilst keeping in mind child protection issues is important to make the child/young person feel that there story is safe. Ryan and Walker emphasise that "Listening to children and respecting their views (Unit 14 p.18) is good practice", the child's/young persons wishes must be paramount. Memories are subjective. We remember our lives through many different lenses seeing different scenes as important at different times. Talking about and sharing memories and personal stories is a way to start looking at our lives as interesting and important and perhaps gain or maintain a sense of identity. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines self-identity as "the attribution of certain characteristics or qualities to oneself" and self-image as "the idea one has of one's abilities, appearance and personality". Encouraging people to talk about their past can be a positive way of reinforcing a person's own identity, helping people talk about what is meaningful to them affirms them and their life experiences, it is the story of their life and it is unique. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Child Development section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Child Development essays

  1. Demonstrate the recent development of personal skills relevant to the professional roles of the ...

    [Becta 04] Words 1328 4.3 Personal skills development learning outcomes The learning outcomes are that I now understand the significance of e-learning, the Blackboard environment and now have the knowledge and expertise to include ILT in my learning materials.

  2. Why family structures are changing.

    Jake pays for all the bills in the house this is how he ensures his dad is kept warm and has a roof over his head. Pete finds it hard to sleep but Jake encourages him to rest when he is feeling sore or tired.

  1. Active Listening and Assertion Skills.

    I now realize I definitely should have addressed the problem immediately after it started to bother me as opposed to waiting until ten weeks into the semester. I am now more confident in my ability to be assertive in situations even though I remain terrified of conflict.

  2. Health, Social Care and Early years provisions.

    THE PROCESS IN WHICH AN ELDERLY PERSON CAN BECOME A RESIDENT AT FOULGER'S HOUSE If someone wanted to become a member of Foulgers house, the first step would be to get into contact with his or her local social services to receive an assessment of their needs.

  1. Health and Social care

    The following is an outline for what a GP might do in the course of a normal working day: * Upon arrival at the Surgery, the GP would go to their appropriate consultation room and be ready to see

  2. The Emotionally Intelligent Team

    They also assist us in communicating (facial expressions, verbal and listening skills). Because of the importance of emotions in our everyday functioning, one would desire knowledge and ability to detect, regulate, and act on his emotions as accurately and efficiently as possible. This is the idea of being emotionally intelligent.

  1. Communicational skills in a health and social care setting

    Health care professionals need to focus upon the quality of the clients' life. Effective communication improves this quality of life because it establishes and addresses the specific needs of each client individually. Effective communication is part of the care value base (CVB); this means that effectively good communication is a

  2. Cach L2 unit 4. Childrens Play

    This can be a risk because the children could be playing and slip and fall off the climbing frame and hurt themselves. Playing with dough in the pre-school setting can be a challenge and a risk because the children may not have to equipment that they want to use.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work