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Family Conflict Related to Caregiving

  • By: Susan M. McLennon
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Family conflict can be defined as a disagreement or differences in the beliefs, ideals, or goals between two or more members of a family or kinship network. Disagreements may involve people, groups, or systems outside of the immediate social sphere. In families in which one or more of the members has a chronic illness or disability, assistance with care is often provided by relatives. In many families, one person assumes the responsibility for the majority of the assistance given to the care recipient. In other situations, the primary provider may be assisted by a secondary person and/or other caregivers who provide supplemental care for specific tasks and offer respite, financial assistance, or other help. In a few families, caregiving responsibilities are distributed among various family ...

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