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Keeping the family balance: adult daughters perspectives on roles and strategies when supporting caring fathers
Department of Health Care Sciences, Ersta Sköndal University College, Stockholm.
School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0335-3472
Research and Development Unit, Centre for Clinical Research, Sörmland County Council, Eskilstuna.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8551-3264
Department of Applied Social Sciences, London Metropolitan University, London, UK.
2009 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 12, no 2, 233-245 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Scandinavian countries represent a progressive approach to gender equality and transitions of traditional gender roles but little attention has been paid to gender equality in old age and how normative constructions of gender intersect in the lives of family carers. The aim of this study was to understand how adult daughters experience their roles and strategies when supporting fathers caring for an ill mother. A sample of eight daughters shared their experiences through in-depth interviews. The findings show that the daughters provide substantial and crucial effort and are intimately involved in the caring for their father and the sole contributors towards the emotional support of their fathers. They tend to devote a lot of energy towards picturing their family as 'normal' in terms of the family members adopting traditional roles and activities inside as well as outside the family context. In conclusion, the lack of understanding about gender as a 'norm producer' is something that needs to be further elaborated upon in order for professionals to encounter norm-breaking behaviours. The daughters' position as family carers is often assumed and taken for granted since the intersecting structures that impact on the situations of the daughters are largely invisible.

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Routledge, 2009. Vol. 12, no 2, 233-245 p.
Keyword [en]
gender, roles, family care, care home, caregivers
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-321DOI: 10.1080/13691450802567499OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-321DiVA: diva2:549390
Available from: 2012-09-04 Created: 2012-09-04 Last updated: 2017-05-23Bibliographically approved

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