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Japan and the United States Struggle with Who Will Care for Our Aging Parents when Caregivers Are Employed

Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Author: Lechner, V. M., Sasaki, M.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1995

Abstract:

Examines the current crisis in familial care of elderly relatives in Japan & the US. For women (the traditional caregivers), managing the dual role of outside employment & caregiving is often highly stressful, which is negotiated in the U.S. context through greater reliance on institutional support & divisions of social space, & reliance on social traditions in Japan. Governments in both countries are making attempts to ease these strains, particularly through enacting tax exemptions, workplace training & support, & community partnerships, though projects are more thoroughly integrated in Japan. It is suggested that social workers will continue to professionally benefit from these increasing needs, though long-range economic & social policies are vastly underdeveloped in the U.S. context.


Further Details

Pages: 97-114
Volume: 24
Issue: 1-2
Accession Number: 20.5.03
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 17/07/2013
Keywords: AsiaNorth Americaoldercarerconflictsocial space
Reads: 219
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