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Catherine A. Chesla

In: Interpretive Phenomenology: Embodiment, Caring, and Ethics in Health and Illness

Chapter 9: Parents' Caring Practices with Schizophrenic Offspring

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Parents' Caring Practices with Schizophrenic Offspring
Parents' caring practices with schizophrenic offspring
Catherine A.Chesla

We have many fictional and historical depictions of the family as a context in which members are cared for with solicitude, affection, and skill. Lasch (1977) suggests that the family remains a unique and important repository for these romantic illusions. Present-day families, however, live in a culture in which rationality prevails, science holds tremendous power, and technological advancements encroach on or replace many traditional cultural practices (Borgman, 1984). Although it seems reasonable to assume that family care has been shaped by this modern culture, the practical ways that families take up the care of their ill or vulnerable members have not been well examined.

In this investigation, family care was examined through parents who ...

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