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A Strengths Perspective on Caregiving at the End-of-life


Hughes, M, A Strengths Perspective on Caregiving at the End-of-life, Australian Social Work pp. online. ISSN 0312-407X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Australian Association of Social Workers

DOI: doi:10.1080/0312407X.2014.910677


The adverse effects of caregiving provided by family members, partners, and friends for people dying at home from a life-limiting illness have been extensively documented in the palliative care research literature, yet minimal attention has been directed towards the strengths of informal carers and their subsequent growth and development. Using in-depth interviews from a purposive sample of informal carers (n = 28), this paper reports empirical evidence from a subset of data analysed for an Australian qualitative study, illuminating a range of strengths frequently obscured beneath the emotional-labour work of caregiving and further sequestrated by the chaos of grief. A strengths perspective on caregiving at end-of-life is important because it helps to inform a reconstruction of caring and dying to include dimensions that relate to the growth of human potential and capacity, as well as enabling collaborative partnerships between workers and informal carers at the end-of-life.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Social work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Palliative care
UTAS Author:Hughes, M (Dr Margaret Hughes)
ID Code:93574
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-08-08
Last Modified:2015-05-04

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