April 13, 2010

Research on Caregiving and Caregivers

Social Gerontologists and other researchers are increasingly examining the effects of care giving to the elderly (as well as the chronically ill and disabled) upon health care professionals, family and loved ones. Finding helpful and informative resources on the many issues facing caregiving and caregivers can be a tricky process. Knowing where to look to find relevant and up-to-date information can be problematic, especially when looking for online resources. Hopefully, by the end of this blog entry, some of the ambiguity and confusion in finding the best resources on this topic will be clarified and provide assistance in getting your research on the right track.

A great resource for information related to researching caregiving issues is Created and maintained by the Family Caregiver Alliance, this site provides information on a broad range of topics such as depression in caregivers, assistive technology , and a wealth of statistics pertaining to caregivers in the United States. provides additional resources on all of the subject pages, making it a great place to start when looking at caregiver issues.

Another great resource readily available online is the quarterly newsletter published by the National Family Caregivers Association, is TAKE CARE! - Self Care for the Family Caregiver. According to their site, TAKE CARE! is written to provide information, insight, support, and knowledge all about caregivers. Each article draws on the experience, and the innate understanding of practicing family caregivers. Many of the articles are based on research and information drawn from academia, health care, and the social sciences. The NFCA recently published the Winter 2010 issue of Take Care!, and also provide access to past issues of the publication.

Abstracts in Social Gerontology is UA zlibraries’ main resource for locating journal articles and other information on caregiving. This database goes back to 1990 and comprehensively covers gerontology issues.

Another great resource for articles dealing with caregivers is PubMed or MEDLINE. MEDLINE is the database of the National Library of Medicine, and provides access to over 19 million citations for biomedical articles and life science journals. Although access to the PubMed version of MEDLINE is available for free on the web, the University Libraries also subscribes to the Ebsco version. The Ebsco MEDLINEincludes all of the same content that is in PubMed, but uses the more user-friendly Ebsco interface for searching.

In addition to the many resources and articles available online, there are also abundant materials available right here at the Dewey Library. Some of these materials include:

Burau, Viola Desideria., Hildegard Theobald, and Robert H. Blank. Governing Home Care: a Cross-national Comparison. Cheltenham: E. Elgar, 2007.
Dewey Library / HV 1451 B86 2007

Fine, Michael D. A Caring Society?: Care and the Dilemmas of Human Service in the Twenty-first Century. Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Dewey Library / HV 65 F56 2007

Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce. Washington, D.C.: National Academies, 2008.
Dewey Library / RA 564.8 R48 2008

Shifren, Kim. How Caregiving Affects Development: Psychological Implications for Child, Adolescent, and Adult Caregivers. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2009.
Dewey Library / BF 713 H69 2009

Szinova�?cz, Maximiliane, and Adam Davey. Caregiving Contexts: Cultural, Familial, and Societal Implications. New York: Springer Pub., 2008.
Dewey Library / HV 1451 C325 2008

If you find yourself in need of research assistance on a topic related to caregiving or social welfare in general, please contact Elaine Bergman, who is our Bibliographer for Reference, Social Welfare, and Gerontology. She can be reached by phone at 442-3695 or by sending an email to

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July 22, 2009

New Resource Examines Impact of Aging on Families

Students and Faculty interested in Gerontology will be interested in a new addition to the Dewey collection:Family Ties & Aging, 2nd edition/ Ingrid Arnet Connidis [Dewey HQ1064 C38 C66 2010].

For perhaps the first time ever in our society, we are dealing with multiple generations coexisting at the same time. Furthermore, these generations are so diverse in their lifestyles and views that middle-aged and older adults are discovering new challenges with their families as they age. This title seeks to discuss these important issues and more.

Ingrid Arnet Connidis , Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University or Western Ontario, Canada explores groups and relationships of aging adults, focusing on populations that have received less attention such as single, unmarried older adults or divorced adults. She also compares these populations to their younger counterparts and how relationships exist within multi-generational families. The second edition is updated to include issues of gay and lesbian partnerships and how they play a role in the aging population’s traditional or alternative family lifestyles.

Connidis has published many papers in peer-reviewed publications in social welfare on family ties and aging. She has particularly focused on��? work-family balance, sibling ties, family ties, ties across generations, the family ties of gay and lesbian adults, and step relationships��?. Her research on up-to-date issues is presented in the second edition of this text, giving any student a contemporary view on multi-generational and aging family issues.

This book is in the New Books area of the library, if you need help finding it, ask at the Reference Desk!

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