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Daughters caring for mothers
 — the experience of caring and its implications for professional helpers
Author(s)Jane Lewis, Barbara Meredith
Journal titleAgeing and Society, vol 8, part 1, March 1988
Pagespp 1-21
KeywordsInformal care ; Daughters.
AnnotationThe present paper reports the construction of 'caring biographies', using in-depth interviews with 41 daughters who had cared for their mothers on a co-resident basis and who had ceased to do so within the last ten years. The biographies were used to examine the nature of the caring process in terms of the carer's motivation to care, changes in the mother/daughter relationship and in the carer's extra caring life. The research reveals both the power exerted by the injunction to care and the mixed legacy of satisfaction overlaid with bitterness that was experienced by a majority of respondents, largely as a result of inadequate and/or inappropriate support. It is suggested ways in which professional workers may recast the way in which they approach the needs of carers based on a deeper understanding of the temporal and relational dimensions of caring. (KJ).
Accession NumberCPA-930524018 A
ClassmarkP6: SSH

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