Caregiving Contexts: Cultural, Familial, and Societal Implications

Maximiliane E. Szinovacz, PhD, Adam Davey, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, 2007年8月13日 - 312 頁

"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 European countries.

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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Maximiliane E. Szinovacz, PhD, is professor and director of the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She received her doctorate from the University of Vienna. She has co-authored or edited four books, most recently the Handbook of Grandparenthood, and published over 70 articles and book chapters. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the National Council on Family Relations. Her research interests focus on retirement, intergenerational relationships and caregiving, and grandparenthood.

Adam Davey, PhD, is an associate professor in the College of Health Professions at Temple University. Dr. Davey is a developmental psychologist with training in human development and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Previously, he was senior research scientist at the Polisher Research Institute and an associate professor at the University of Georgia. Dr. Davey's research addresses issues of marital and intergenerational relationships, family caregiving, and comparative analysis of the interface between formal and informal care networks, particularly in the United States, Great Britain, and Sweden. Currently, Dr. Davey is examining regional variability in how families have responded to changes over a 6-year period in the availability of formal services across Sweden. He has published more than 60 articles and book chapters.