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The aging of the family

Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science

Author: Brody, E. M.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1978

Abstract:

Service development for older people in the U.S. is a central policy issue, specifically the extent to which families can be expected to provide the bulk of needed services vis-a-vis community responsibility. Work documenting the continuation of responsible family behavior is presented & effects of the myth of widespread family abandonment are addressed. Historically, adult children, primarily daughters & daughters-in-law, have provided most care services for the old. Social & demographic trends, eg, women's increased entry into the work force, affecting caretaking availability are presented. While family concerns, caring, & affectional ties have not diminished, a need for supportive community services supplementing & strengthening the family's efforts to care for its aged members is asserted.

Further Details

Pages: 13-27
Volume: 438
Accession Number: 19.3.03
Keywords: North America, older, policy compliance
Reads: 146
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