Women’s Narratives of Post-Caregiving: a Gendered Lifecourse Perspective

Women’s Narratives of Post-Caregiving: a Gendered Lifecourse Perspective

Women’s Narratives of Post-Caregiving: a Gendered Lifecourse Perspective

Women’s Narratives of Post-Caregiving: a Gendered Lifecourse Perspectives

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«This study of bereaved women caregivers explored their lived experiences in the post-caregiving phase.» (p. iv)

Questions/Hypothèses :
«What are the lived experiences of women caregivers in the post-caregiving period?» (p. 49)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«Five wives and five daughters who had been the primary caregivers for their husband or parent were recruited in two waves over two years.» (p. 55) Les participantes ont été sollicitées par l’entremise de diverses organisations du Centre de santé et de services sociaux (CSSS) Cavendish de Montréal.

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


«The portraits of the caregivers that emerged described women’s unique experiences of the transition from caregiving into post-caregiving and highlighted key events, transitions and significant moments in each woman’s caregiver journey. The death of the care-receiver figured prominently in women’s stories and reflections on their relationships to the care-receiver - which were rich with examples of commitment, love, responsibility and reciprocity. Significant turning points included diagnoses, declining health, giving up of work or other activities, and limited social lives - all aspects reported by women representing the chronology of events across their caregiver trajectory.» (p. 143-144) Moreover, the «study highlighted women’s gender roles as connected to expectations of themselves and social norms. Many of the women in this study felt it was within their role as wife and daughter to provide care to their care-receiver. The women related how caregiving affected their relationships over time and how this affected them personally. All the women spoke about their sacrifices and letting go of personal interests and leisure time. However, despite the challenges described, the women were all deeply proud and satisfied that they had been the main caregiver to their loved one. A strong sense of accomplishment and agency was evident in their narratives.» (p. 151-152)