Feminist perspectives on family care: policies for gender justice
Sage Pubications, 29 ago 1995 - 418 pagine
Today women find themselves playing an ever-increasing role in caring for older family members who are frail, developmentally disabled, or suffering from serious mental illness. While this has role of women as caregivers has been documented, the actual impact on the lives of women has remained largely unstudied. In this volume, the authors examine caregiving as a central feminist issue, looking at its impact on women socially, personally, and economically. The authors review how changing family structures, the changing economy and workforce, and the changing health care demands of needy adults have impacted on women's lives. They critique existing public and private policies, demonstrating a need for fundamental structural changes in social institutions and attitudes to improve the lives of women. Finally, they propose a social model of care that is oriented toward gender justice--recognition of the work of caring and its impact upon women socially, personally, and economically. For students, scholars and practitioners in the field of gerontology, gender studies, and social work, this book is a must.
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The literature also suggests that spouses, offspring, siblings, and other relatives
experience the caregiver role quite differently. For instance, children who were
raised by a parent suffering from a mental illness bring a different family history to
206) suggest that "these fears may have powerful effects on the family member's
health by creating a condition of chronic anxiety in which the parent feels
compelled to constantly monitor the mentally ill child's environment to protect the
Another option is to allow credit for drop-out years associated with child-rearing.
This would mean excluding up to 10 years (as compared to the current 5 years)
in which the worker had both a child under age 7 and no paid work, from ...
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