Family Caregiving: Implications for Rural Practice, Policy, Education, and Research

  • Linda Lindsey Davis
  • Catherine Lynch GillissEmail author
  • Mary Starke Harper
Part of the Caregiving: Research, Practice, Policy book series (CARE)


Societal norms for family solidarity, and reciprocity and the shared belief that kin can, should, and will depend on each other provide strong social imperatives for families to care for kin in times of sickness and disability (George, 1986). Of the 44 million Americans who provide unpaid, informal care for someone with a chronic illness or disability, more than 80% are family kin: spouses, adult children, grandchildren, or others related by blood or marriage to the person for whom they provide care (National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, 2005; Pinquart & Sorensen, 2006). However, family caregiving has been associated with burden, caregiver role strain, and distress (c.f. Berg-Weger et al., 2000; Schulz & Beach, 1999) and family care can be particularly stressful in rural communities where kin often do not live together.


Rural Community Informal Care Primary Caregiver Family Caregiver Family Conflict 
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This chapter was developed under the auspices of a research grant to the first author from the National Institute of Nursing Research (RO1 NR 0008285).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Lindsey Davis
    • 1
  • Catherine Lynch Gilliss
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mary Starke Harper
  1. 1.Duke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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