Informal family-based care of dependent adults places a significant burden on caregivers.
The impact of caregiving on subjective well-being, preventive behaviours, lifestyle and employment is well documented, and there is good evidence for increases in risk factors for serious illness, although evidence on actual incidence of major illness varies between studies.
The individual-based focus of much research on this topic has tended to obscure the social and cultural forces underlying the fact that the majority of family caregivers are women, and to ignore the gender inequities which are perpetuated by an assumption that family caregiving is naturally the work of women.
This article reviews evidence on the burden of caregiving, and argues for psychological research which addresses issues of public policy rather than the individual woman and her personal ability to cope.
Mots-clés Pascal : Aidant, Milieu familial, Santé, Stress, Coping, Politique sanitaire, Environnement social, Milieu culturel, Sexe, Etude comparative, Article synthèse, Femelle, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Caregiver, Family environment, Health, Stress, Coping, Health policy, Social environment, Cultural environment, Sex, Comparative study, Review, Female, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0374984
Code Inist : 002A26N03B. Création : 22/03/2000.