Examining caregiving issues from a multigenerational, family life cycle perspective, this volume deals with the broad spectrum of chronic illnesses that necessitate family caregiving throughout the lifespan and discusses responses to these challenges by both caregiving families and caregiving systems. Part One addresses the caregiving paradigm and the relationship of family caregiving research to family life studies. Part Two examines conceptual aspects of caregiving, ranging from the expansion of the caregiving paradigm, caregiving processes and tasks, to the positive aspects of caregiving. Part Three emphasizes how family caregivers are affected by the connection (or lack of it) to macro-level systems.

Chapter 1: Developmental Challenges and Family Caregiving: Bridging Concepts and Research

Developmental Challenges and Family Caregiving: Bridging Concepts and Research

Developmental challenges and family caregiving: Bridging concepts and research
EvaKahana, BoazKahana, J. RandalJohnson, Ronald J.Hammond, KyleKercher

Some of the most promising and interesting advances in the study of caregiving are likely to occur through expansion of the scope of the caregiving paradigm, in particular through focus on caregiving contexts and processes. Such expansion of the paradigm requires consideration of the personal, social, and temporal contexts of caregiving. In this chapter we attempt to identify some of the emerging directions for expansion of the caregiving paradigm using multiple levels of aggregation (individual and social) and specifying processes involved in caregiving (e.g., social support). We also consider implications of a broader view for models of caregiving and caregiving research. Figure ...

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