"This volume represents a major step forward in the literature
by placing its focus squarely on the caregiving context, its
dimensions and how it shapes the process and outcomes of family
care. The chapters locate care within the family, rather than a
single individual....The family, in turn, in embedded within a
larger cultural, community, and social context....These
explorations of context will give us a broader view of how
caregiving occurs. It will help us improve our theories about care
and about the family's role in contemporary society....Care of our
elders is an enduring and yet evolving part of life. The focus on
context will help us understand, support and learn from the ways
that families meet the challenges involved."--from the foreword by
Steve H. Zarit, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Human
Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University
Here, in "Caregiving Contexts," the editors and their chapter
authors explore the ways in which demographic change will influence
the availability of caregivers and how divergent welfare and
ideological systems will affect care among family members and
between family and formal care systems. They also discuss the
differences in experience between spousal and adult child
caregivers, special circumstances such as child or adolescent
caregivers, and government and workplace policies that are
available to support caregivers in the United States and in some
No other volume is available on caregiving which explores the
sociocultural, familial, and sociopolitical contexts that effect
both care decisions and outcomes.
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