Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 97–118

Daughter-in-law's burden: An exploratory study of caregiving in Japan

  • Phyllis Braudy Harris
  • Susan Orpett Long

DOI: 10.1007/BF00971563

Cite this article as:
Harris, P.B. & Long, S.O. J Cross-Cultural Gerontol (1993) 8: 97. doi:10.1007/BF00971563


This exploratory study examines home caregiving of elderly family members in rural central Japan. The extent of the daughter-in-law's involvement with severely cognitively and physically impaired relatives is discussed within the context of traditional co-residence patterns. Findings from a preliminary survey, interviews and observations indicate limited modification of the physical environment, high levels of burden, and utilization of the limited respite services available. Despite expectations that daughters-in-law will care for the elderly, voices for change are growing louder.

Key Words

cross-cultural studies home care parent-adult child relationships Japan 

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Phyllis Braudy Harris
    • 1
  • Susan Orpett Long
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyJohn Carroll UniversityClevelandUSA

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