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Who Should Care? Perceptions Of Caregiving Responsibility Within The Household

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The paper presented in this chapter examines families' attitudes towards family-based elderly care, especially regarding the division of labour among household members in this task. The growing body of literature on doing families indicates that families and what they practise cannot be properly understood without examining the underlying dynamics of the relationships among family members. The data used in the paper are taken from a research project whose primary purpose is to investigate the perceptions of the general public towards family care, community care and institutional care. It focuses only on those aspects of the project that concern the public attitude towards the preferred arrangement of family-based elderly care. In all, the survey results suggest that perceptions of caregiving have changed from traditional notions. Overall, the results show some noticeable departures from the traditional notions of caregiving arrangements, yet there is no suggestion that families' commitment to caregiving has weakened.

Keywords: caregiving responsibility; family-based elderly care; household



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