Quilting as a generative activity: Studying those who make quilts for wounded service members

Cheryl Cheek, Robin G. Yaure

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Abstract

A qualitative study of 24 quilters examined their experiences creating and delivering quilts to wounded service members who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Using Erikson’s (1963) perspective on generativity and Baumeister and Vohs’s (2002) theory of motivation as theoretical frameworks, along with McCracken’s (1988) five-step analysis model, we looked at the part motivation played in this process. The results were that respondents wanted to supply quilts in response to their own family histories of military involvement, to support friends/acquaintances with family in the military, and to make a difference to those who seemed young and badly wounded. Some respondents described being affected by the reactions of quilt recipients and of healing from their own traumas and grief.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-50
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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