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Daughters-in-Law as Caregivers: How and Why Do They Come to Care?

Author: Guberman,-Nancy
Author Background:
Date 1/1/99
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Women-and-Aging
Volume/Pages 11, 1, 85-102.
Subject Matter Women
Abstract Reports results of an exploratory qualitative study that examined the family dynamics & sociostructural factors explaining how & why some women become caregivers to in-laws, & the attitudes of in-laws about care. Retrospective data are drawn from three previous studies of caregivers in Montreal, Quebec, including 10 semistructured interviews with daughters-in-law & 72 interviews with spousal & child caregivers. Analysis identifies several factors determinant in becoming a daughter-in-law caregiver is proposed: social & cultural norms regarding family responsibility for elder care; social & cultural norms regarding the place & the rights of the elderly; rules of family relations; couple & gender dynamics; & family availability. 2 Tables, 1 Figure, 29 References. Adapted from the source document