Support Network Transformations in the First Stages of the Caregiver’s Career

Support Network Transformations in the First Stages of the Caregiver’s Career

Support Network Transformations in the First Stages of the Caregiver’s Career

Support Network Transformations in the First Stages of the Caregiver’s Careers

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Référence bibliographique [3871]

Carpentier, Normand et Ducharme, Francine. 2005. «Support Network Transformations in the First Stages of the Caregiver’s Career ». Qualitative Health Research, vol. 15, no 3, p. 289-311.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
« Based on the work of Pescosolido (1991, 1992), we (Carpentier & Ducharme, 2003) have proposed to combine the career and social network approaches to be able to explore several aspects influencing service use and steps taken by caregivers to seek assistance. » (p. 290)

Questions/Hypothèses :
« Under what conditions and via which processes can caregivers of persons with Alzheimer-type dementia maintain supportive ties with their initial informal network and form (and maintain) new ties with other social actors able to offer them support (family, friends, volunteers, professionals)? » (p. 290)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
« Two cases drawn from the first interviews conducted as part of a longitudinal study currently in progress will enable us to illustrate our method. » (p. 294)

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


« The purpose of this article is to propose a method to facilitate analysis of the processes involved in the transformation of support networks for caregivers of persons with dementia. The authors are particularly interested in the preliminary phases of the caregiver’s career: the initial period ranging from the first manifestations of dementia to the confirmation of a diagnosis. This method combines the social network approach with narrative analysis. The authors discuss two cases to illustrate the concepts of density and clique to explain the maintenance and dissolution of the caregiver’s supportive relationships. This method shows significant potential, in that it will help researchers explore social mechanisms related to the development of supportive relationships. » (p. 289)