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Craft groups: sites of friendship, empowerment, belonging and learning for older women

Macfarlane, Selma and Maidment, Jane 2009, Craft groups: sites of friendship, empowerment, belonging and learning for older women, Groupwork, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 10-25, doi: 10.1921/095182409X471802.

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Title Craft groups: sites of friendship, empowerment, belonging and learning for older women
Author(s) Macfarlane, Selma
Maidment, Jane
Journal name Groupwork
Volume number 19
Issue number 1
Start page 10
End page 25
Total pages 16
Publisher Whiting & Birch Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009
ISSN 0951-824X
1746-6091
Keyword(s) social work
groupwork
ageing
altruism
well-being
social connection
domestic craftwork
Summary This article reports on a qualitative research project conducted in Victoria, Australia, with nine older women. The purpose of the research was to explore the women’s experience of involvement in craft groups, and specifically, the impact of this involvement on their sense of well-being. Traditionally the health of older people has been examined in relation to medical markers of physical well-being, and often, decline. We were interested to widen this perspective to understand the impact of social connection, belonging and ongoing learning and development on the ageing experience.

While the focus of the groups was on domestic craftwork, the process of coming together as a collective appeared to have significant bearing on the holistic health of the women involved. Consistent with feminist groupwork literature, the findings indicated that the women we interviewed experienced the group setting as affirming and generative in a number of ways. These include providing an avenue for mutual aid, addressing isolation, affirming individual and collective strength and wisdom, while acquiring new skills, and normalising concerns regarding health and family.
Language eng
DOI 10.1921/095182409X471802
Field of Research 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
169901 Gender Specific Studies
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Whiting & Birch
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055656

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Institute of Koorie Education
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