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 2: Someone to Watch over Me: Family Responsibilities and Their Realization across Family Lives
Someone to Watch over Me: Family Responsibilities and Their Realization across Family Lives
It has been more than six decades since Ira Gershwin penned the lyrics for “Someone to Watch Over Me,” to music by his brother, George. Nothing in the interim has changed the sentiment for most people. “There's a somebody,” they fervently hope, who “turns out to be someone to watch over me.” Events occur when even the stoutest heart quivers and longs for care and comfort from a concerned other. And it is to their families that most people turn when they are in difficulties. The particular focus of this chapter, therefore, is on families and their caregiving activities throughout ...