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Men as caregivers to the elderly : understanding and aiding unrecognized family support
Kaye, Lenard W.
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Lexington, Mass. : Lexington Books, [1990]

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xx, 202 pages ; 24 cm
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HV1461 .K39 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Addresses gender-connected issues related to giving care to the elderly and considers how men see their role and what kinds of support can improve caregiving conditions. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Kaye and Applegate (Bryn Mawr) examine an important but often overlooked group of male caregivers, a group that may constitute one third of all primary caregivers to the aged. Using a national data set, the authors examine the men's attitudes, tasks, stresses, and sources of support in their caregiving. The authors first present sociodemographic trends that suggest more men will become primary caregivers. They discuss gender-linked caregiving patterns, research methods employed in the national survey, and summary profile data on both male caregivers and care recipients. The authors describe both formal (community agencies) and informal (family and friends) supports received by caregivers, examine caregiver tasks and perceived barriers to accomplishing these tasks, discuss how family relationships affect caregiving patterns and the men's attitudes toward helping others, and conclude with a summary chapter on service delivery. The text includes a few tables, three appendixes (including an excellent one on the scales and indexes used in the study), and end-of-book references. Although many publications treat family caregivers (e.g., Aging Parents and Adult Children, ed. by J.A. Mancini, CH, Dec'89), none has focused solely on male caregivers. An important contribution to gender-role theory and to research on family caregiving patterns in old age. -L. A. Baumhover, University of Alabama