Women in the Middle

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Women in the Middle

SKU# 9780826163820

Their Parent-Care Years, Second Edition

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


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Women in the Middle was so-named because daughters, who are the main caregivers to elderly disabled parents, 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.

Gain an insider's view of the harsh and sometimes joyful experience of caregiving presented by case studies and narratives. Dr. Brody describes and discusses the caregiving women's subjective feelings, experiences, problems, and the effects on their mental and physical well-being, life styles, relationships, and vocational activities.


Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 16, 2006
  • Page Count 400
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826163820
  • 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 Comment
  13. Daughters Without Partners
  14. Caregiving Daughters-in-Law (The Proxy Primaries): 7 Case Histories and a Comment
  15. Commentary on Marital Status and Parent Care
  16. Diversity in Work Status
  17. Ethnic and Racial Diversity, A.R. Saperstein

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

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

  24. References