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Intergenerational relationsEuropean perspectives in family and society$
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Isabelle Albert and Dieter Ferring

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300984

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300984.001.0001

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How does family sociology contribute to the definition and measurement of a concept of family care for elderly persons?

How does family sociology contribute to the definition and measurement of a concept of family care for elderly persons?

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(p.191) Eleven How does family sociology contribute to the definition and measurement of a concept of family care for elderly persons?
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Intergenerational relations
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Amandine J. Masuy

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300984.003.0012

This chapter is a tentative contribution to the literature regarding a family care concept for elderly persons: it proposes to revise the definition and measurement of the concept based on family sociology. The first part goes back to the origins of the ‘care and social policy’ debate. The second presents some of the particularities of family care for elderly persons and how this topic was put on the agenda. The third part shows how quantitative researchers tried to measure family care for elderly persons. The fourth part introduces three remarks addressed by family sociologists to these uses: the narrowness of the focus, the over-simplification of family relationships, and the lack of consideration given to the influence of social norms. The last part opens the discussion on how a definition of family care for elderly persons and its measurement may be enriched based on those contributions.

Keywords:   family solidarity, care measurement, sociology, elderly care

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