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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Approximately 75% of nursing home residents are women (Dolinsky &
Rosenwaike, 1988). Increased life expectancy accompanied by lower fertility
rates has contributed to the rise in the median age of the U.S. population from 28
in 1970 to 33 ...
There is, however, some evidence that high stress levels or subjective burden
are associated with an increased risk for institutionalization (Colerick & George,
1986; McFall & Miller, 1992; Zarit, Todd, & Zarit, 1986). Montgomery and
Ironically, the transfer of responsibility from the hospital to the home through
DRGs has not resulted in significant overall Medicare cost savings, but rather has
increased federal oversight and regulatory control through hospital rate setting
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