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Between Social Networks and Formal Social Services

Ageing & Society

Author: Litwin, H., Auslander, G. K.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1988

Abstract:

Interview & case file data on the social networks of 1984/85 applicants (N = 196) to the social welfare bureaus of Jerusalem, Israel, are examined. Results reveal that networks were most likely to be the source of referral to social services when the applicant was frail & the presenting problem was need for institutional care. The degree of network-initiated contact with the social worker was significantly related to the same factors. Networks of the elderly turned to formal social services as a substitute for their own caregiving, rather than as a source for interweaving informal & formal care.

Further Details

Full Title: Ageing & Society
Pages: 269-285
Volume: 8
Issue: 3
Accession Number: 20.5.03
Keywords: older, carer
Reads: 143
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