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The Sociology of Caregiving

Bruhn, John G., Rebach, Howard M.

2014, XXI, 216 p. 14 illus.

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  • Provides an overview of the growing complex issues of caregiving in the 21st Century in the US
  • Highlights the dynamics of caregiving that characterizes high quality care
  • Discusses the development of a new national model of healthcare with respect to caregiving policies and remaining barriers to care

This volume conceptualizes caregiving as an emerging sociological issue involving complex and fluctuating roles. The authors contend that caregiving must be considered in the context of the life span with needs that vary according to age, developmental levels, mental health needs, and physical health demands of both caregivers and care recipients. As the nature and functions of caregiving evolve it has become a critical and salient issue in the lives of individuals in all demographic, socioeconomic, and ethnic categories. This volume frames caregiving as a sociological issue and addresses a number of central concerns, such as:

- Caregiving is a life span experience associated with aging and the roles of spouses and adult children.

- Caregiving involves a complex of social system variables that influence the social support and services to caregivers and care recipients.

- The nature of the relationship among family caregivers, professional caregivers, and the care recipient are embedded in their interaction and dynamics influenced by the internal and external variables that inhibit or facilitate the care situation.

- How can caregiving be integrated with a public health agenda?

- What disparities or inequalities exist in caregiving and what are the barriers that sustain them?

- What community-based interventions need to be developed to improve caregiving? ​

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Aging Society and Caregiving - Breadwinner/ Female Caregiving Model - Caregiving Adolescents and the Transition to Adulthood - Caregiving Policy Initiatives in the US - Caregiving Special Needs Children - Caregiving and Social Networks - Caregiving and Successful Aging - Caregiving and the Life Course - Caregiving as a Life Span Experience - Caregiving as a Sociological Problem - Caregiving in the United States - Changing Caregiving Needs and Families - Complex Issues of Caregiving in the 21st Century - Coping with Caregiving - Dynamics of Caregiving - Ethnic Variations in Caregiving - Family Caregiver Burden and Stress - Family Caregivers in the United States - Health of Caregivers - Historical Perspectives in Caregiving in the United States - Informal Caregiving in the United States - Levels of Specialized Caregiving - Meaning of Sociology of Caregiving - National Alliance for Caregiving - Rights and Equality Issues on Caregiving - The Socioeconomic Context of Caregiving

Related subjects » Psychology - Social Sciences

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