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Women in the Middle

SKU# 9780826163813

Their Parent-Care Years, Second Edition

Author: Elaine M. Brody MSW, DSc,(Hon.)


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Women in the Middlewas so-named because daughters, who are the main caregivers to elderly disabled parents, most often in their middle years, are caught in the middle of multiple competing demands on their time and energy. Since the first edition, women's responsibilities and the pressures they have experienced have increased and intensified. Dr. Brody revisits this phenomenon in this new, updated edition of her ground-breaking work.

Women in the Middle, 2/e, describes and discusses the caregiving women's subjective feelings, experiences, and problems, and the effects on their mental and physical well-being, life styles, family relationships, and vocational activities. These case studies and narratives present an insider's view of the harsh and sometimes joyful experience of caregiving.

Special attention is given to the changing face of social, economic, and environmental conditions, as well as the diversity of the caregiver, in which caregiving, in which caregiving takes place.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 12, 2003
  • Page Count 400
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826163813
  • EISBN 9780826197764

Table of Contents 

    Foreword, B.D Lebowitz
    Part I: Background
  1. Women in the Middle: How it Happened
  2. Scope of Parent Care
  3. Effects of Caregiving
  4. Values About Women's Roles and Care of the Aged

  5. Part II: Subjective Experiences
  6. Introduction
  7. On Becoming the Primary Care giver: The Caregiving Daughters and Their Siblings
  8. Six Major Subjective Themes and A Variation

  9. Part III: Diversity Among Caregivers
  10. Diversity in Age and Stages
  11. Diversity in Marital Status: Introduction and a Research Survey
  12. Married Daughters and Their Husbands and Children: 10 Case Histories and a
  13. Comment
  14. Daughters Without Partners
  15. Caregiving Daughters-in-Law (The Proxy Primaries): 7 Case Histories and a Comment
  16. Commentary on Marital Status and Parent Care
  17. Diversity in Work Status
  18. Ethnic and Racial Diversity, A.R. Saperstein

  19. Part IV: Services and Living Arrangements for Older People
  20. Effects on Women in the Middle
  21. Nursing Home Placement: A Painful Decision
  22. Community Services and Residential Settings, A.R. Saperstein

  23. Part V: Unfinished Business
  24. Unfinished Business on the Parent-Care Agenda

  25. References