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Title: Filial care to elderly people and its links with official welfare
Author: Tozer, Carol L.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1996
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The research revealed disjunctures between the objective measurement of functional impairment and elderly participants' continuing abilities and subjective identification of care needs. Such disjunctures stress that elderly people's care needs can be neither standardised nor objectivised but understood only via reference to the structural, affectual and ideological antecedents which characterise elderly peoples' experiences of family care. The idiosyncrasy and volatility of these antecedents and their impact upon the provision of family care highlighted the significance of critical review of the orthodoxy surrounding "unshared" family care. While primary filial carer status was not repudiated by either respondent group, second filial carers were frequently accorded a significance that was disproportionate to the level of their care contributions. From the care recipient for instance, their presentation of the unequal distribution of care among their adult children was tempered by the rationales provided by way of explanation, even mitigation, as to why care was unequally shared. These rationales highlighted in unequal measure not only the commonality of the twin axioms of care, but also their independence: elderly participants' appreciation of the labour involved in the provision of filial care and acknowledgement of the unequal load carried by different adult children resulted in remarkably parallel appreciation of the emotion of care they attributed to each of their children. Finally, while family care is accredited as the fulcrum of community care policy and practice, any links with official welfare were heaped upon front-line domiciliary carers rather than management; and even here any links were more haphazard than pre-planned. Rather than family care constituting the context for formal care and official decisions about the allocation of domiciliary services, the data revealed an inverse relationship whereby family carers more commonly reacted to the context set by formal welfare in the form of service types and levels and changes in allocation patterns. Results also confirmed however that respondents' understanding of formal domiciliary services mirrored those they attached to family care, and their personal lexicon added substance to demands for the dismantlement of artificial boundaries between the conceptualisation of the two sources of support.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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