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Female Incest Survivors: Caregiving for Aging Parents

Journal of Women & Aging

Author: Joseph, C. G., Kornfein, R. M.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1994


Attitudes & practices regarding caregiving for their aging parents among 14 adult female incest survivors were examined in in-depth interviews. Findings revealed considerable conflict between internalized societal expectations about elder care & the recovery process from childhood incest. Five caregiving avoidance strategies used by the women to balance the opposing needs of their parents & their own recovery process are identified: determined avoidance; remote caregiving; restrained support; "no touch" caregiving; & disengaged caregiving. The data suggest that viewing the family system from a historical perspective allows professionals to better understand daughters' reluctance to provide elder care.

Further Details

Pages: 53-68
Volume: 6
Issue: 3
Accession Number: 13.5.03
Keywords: older, emotional, carer
Reads: 188