Episode 257 - Jodie Bargeron: Childhood and Mid-Life Antecedents of Adult Self-Neglect

Monday, February 11, 2019, 9:16:22 AM

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In this podcast, our guest Jodie Bargeron describes progressive frameworks that have shaped self-neglect (SN) research - specifically, whether SN is an old age phenomenon or life course issue, and the difference between intentional versus unintentional SN. She discusses her research pertaining to whether Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), intrusive parenting, and/or self-control are related to SN among both elderly and non-elderly adults. The episode concludes by stressing the need for social workers to treat SN from a life course perspective, and to consider the use attachment-based therapy to adequately address these behaviors and avoid adverse consequences.

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Average Rating: 5stars  self-neglect and attachment theory, Wednesday, February 05, 2020

By Jeanne M. :

Self neglect is so often thought of as an old-age phenomenon, either from end of life depression or immobility, or lack of funds. I would never have thought about self-neglect on a younger scale, especially in the form of OCD or hoarding from possible parent loss as a child, isolation or worst of all, harsh maternal punishment. It is a recipe for self-reflection, both as an adult-child and parent alike. I can see how attachment theory could be a contributor to this life-course issue, particularly in the loss of control. After all, if there is lack of proper parental care from the beginning, how can we expect a child to grow into a self-caring adult?

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Average Rating: 5stars  epiisode 257 review, Monday, February 03, 2020

By Travis R :

Before listening to this podcast, I was completely uninformed about self-neglect and never knew it was such a problem. I think that self-neglect is a lifespan issue as I have seen friends treat their own well-being as non-important compared to their school work, while also seeing family members with dementia forget to eat. I do feel that my experiences seeing self-neglect are mostly unintentional cases, but I can understand how the "I'm the boss of me" mentality can also result in self-neglect. I was surprised to see the strong connection between ACEs and self-neglect as I would have assumed it would come from adult stressors like school, relationships, having children, etc. It makes sense hearing how people wish to maintain their individuality as their life goes on and how the process of aging puts such a stress on that need. Bargeron's comparisons to hoarding and OCD behavior made the concept of self-neglect a lot easier to understand as there is a rash behavior in reaction to the level of control in a person’s life. I was most surprised to hear about the harsh punishment being the strongest association to self-neglect as I didn't expect attachment to play a role in someone's likelihood to self-neglect. This is an interesting issue that needs more attention as I think that students are starting to neglect their self-care in order to perform well in school and this will only add to the existing issue.

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Average Rating: 5stars  so close to home.., Wednesday, February 13, 2019

By M... :

As an adult under 65 and struggling through the aftermath of a sudden illness, this has been highly enlightening. Particularly the connection to maternal punishment. Light has been she on many things I could not have seen prior. Thank you so much for your dedication and continued work in this field.

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Average Rating: 5stars  very interesting perspective on an important issue!, Monday, February 11, 2019

By Diana :

I really enjoyed your take on self-neglect, and I would definitely agree that this is a life-span phenomenon as anyone can avoid, either passively or actively, engaging in self-care. I think I mirrored your reaction of surprise to the significance of maternal punishment as an independent variable. This attachment-based variable is not one that you would expect to have such a powerful, long-term effect in late adulthood. It's amazing that you even thought to include such attachment-based measures! I do not think I would have considered attachment theory in regards to an elderly population, so well done!

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