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Keeping the family balance: adult daughters' experiences of roles and strategies when supporting caring fathers 
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Childhood Adversity)
2009 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 12, no 2, 233-245 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Scandinavian countries represent a progressive approach to gender equality and transitions of traditional gender roles but little attention has been paid to gender equality in old age and how normative constructions of gender intersect in the lives of family carers. The aim of this study was to understand how adult daughters experience their roles and strategies when supporting fathers caring for an ill mother. A sample of eight daughters shared their experiences through in-depth interviews. The findings show that the daughters provide substantial and crucial effort and are intimately involved in the caring for their father and the sole contributors towards the emotional support of their fathers. They tend to devote a lot of energy towards picturing their family as 'normal' in terms of the family members adopting traditional roles and activities inside as well as outside the family context. In conclusion, the lack of understanding about gender as a 'norm producer' is something that needs to be further elaborated upon in order for professionals to encounter norm-breaking behaviours. The daughters' position as family carers is often assumed and taken for granted since the intersecting structures that impact on the situations of the daughters are largely invisible.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor and Francis , 2009. Vol. 12, no 2, 233-245 p.
Keyword [en]
family care; gender; role; support
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Sociology Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-98137DOI: 10.1080/13691450802567499ISI: 000282922800008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-98137DiVA: diva2:173441
Available from: 2009-02-15 Created: 2009-02-15 Last updated: 2011-03-16Bibliographically approved

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