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The Dynamic Experience of Caring

  • Patrick Barrett
  • Beatrice Hale
  • Mary Butler
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Abstract

The focus here is on outlining a rite of passage framework for uncovering the transition experiences of individuals as they adopt the role and responsibilities of an informal caregiver. The framework implies a beginning point of change, a period of confusion and instability, and passage towards a new point of stability and reconnection. This approach has been used elsewhere (Hale B, Barrett P, Gauld R, The age of supported in-dependence. Springer, Dordrecht, 2010) in our analysis of the transition into supported independence in later life, and facilitates a detailed analysis of the experiences of change through a key life transition – in this instance, that of becoming a caregiver. Focussing on the three stages provides for the analysis of the complex changes faced by the caregiver, these occurring within broader socially constructed contexts which define the nature of family relationships and responsibilities, as well as the policy measures to support those relationships and responsibilities. Our approach to the analysis of transitions in the experience of caring, which allows for attention to be given to key moments of need, and use of the concept of social capital to comment on the way various social and collectively provided resources create environments which influence the capacities for care, we believe makes a contribution to understanding family and informal care.

Keywords

Informal Care Informal Caregiver Formal Care Care Situation Separation Experience 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Barrett
    • 1
  • Beatrice Hale
    • 2
  • Mary Butler
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Social SciencesUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.DunedinNew Zealand
  3. 3.School of Occupational TherapyOtago PolytechnicDunedinNew Zealand

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