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Care in families

Marian Barnes

in Care in everyday life

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428233
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307686 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428233.003.0003
Care in families

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The archetypal image of care is that of a mother and child. Care giving is probably most immediately understood in the context of personal relationships where one person has greater needs for support than the other. These circumstances most usually apply at the start and end of life, but intimate caring relationship are experienced throughout the life course. This chapter considers what we have learnt from research that has considered care ethics in the context of three types of caring relationships within families: during times of change and difficulty; relationships between parents and their disabled children, and the impact of ageing on older people themselves and on care relationships within families. In each case the focus is on the negotiation of the relational dimensions of care and the difficult ethical decisions that are integral to this.

Keywords: Care giving; Care receiving; Intimate relationships; Disability; Ageing; Parenting

Chapter.  11105 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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