ERIC Number: EJ784157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
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Family Caregiving or Caregiving Alone: Who Helps the Helper?
Sims-Gould, Joanie; Martin-Matthews, Anne
Canadian Journal on Aging, v26 suppl_1 p27-45 Jan 2007
This study advances the understanding of family caregiving by examining the relationship between adult children caregivers and their helpers. Specifically, it focuses on examining "who helps whom" and extends analyses beyond the dyadic focus of caregiving in later life. The focus on helping and caregiving addresses the variety of contributions and responsibilities involving not only the caregiver who was the target respondent in this research, but also others identified as helpers in the provision of care. The data for this study are derived from the Work and Eldercare Research group of CARNET: The Canadian Aging Research Network. Secondary analysis of CARNET data focuses on data collected from 250 individuals with significant caregiving responsibilities for at least one older person. Findings extend Kahn & Antonucci's convoys of social support model (1981) and Cantor's model of social care (1991) by disentangling some of the dimensions of helping and caregiving, such as the distinction between direct and assistive help.
Descriptors: Caregivers, Family (Sociological Unit), Aging (Individuals), Parent Child Relationship, Foreign Countries, Older Adults, Models, Social Support Groups
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