Family as failure? The role of informal help-givers to disabled people in Sweden.
2009 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 11, no 1, 35-49 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Based on a survey mapping all unpaid help and care work in the county of Stockholm, this article focuses on the informal help and care carried out for long-term ill and/or disabled people aged 64 or younger. The findings indicate that these forms of support are common and that the informal help-givers work many hours every month. Yet the impact of this work is quite invisible in texts on disability policy and there is a void of research addressing this issue. This article argues that, in spite of welfare state arrangements and reforms, families play a crucial role in providing resources, notably help and care for disabled family members. Their invisibility is interpreted as an expression of the fact that the care concept has become politically incorrect. In the light of modern disability policies, with its ideals of autonomy and empowerment, help and care provided by families to adults aged 64 or younger stand out as a dilemma and a contradiction. Making help and care provided by families invisible can be interpreted as one way of solving this contradiction.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 11, no 1, 35-49 p.
family, family care, informal care, informal help-givers, long-term illness, disability
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-52546DOI: 10.1080/15017410802253518OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-52546DiVA: diva2:284049