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Amy Ziettlow and Naomi Cahn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190261092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190261092.001.0001

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The New Normal in American Family Caregiving

The New Normal in American Family Caregiving

(p.12) 1 The New Normal in American Family Caregiving
Homeward Bound

Amy Ziettlow

Naomi Cahn

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 explores our framing assumptions. It first focuses on the general changes in family structure over the past half-century, from a society dominated by married parent families to a society where married parent families are a minority and in which children are highly likely to spend time living in a single-parent or remarried-parent family. It next shows how end-of-life care has also seen seismic changes during this same period. It closes with addressing the intersection of the two trends, resulting in a new normal in American family caregiving defined by a potential increase in kinship connections but whose strength of connection may be weak or ambiguous.

Keywords:   Family, caregiving, divorce, remarriage, single-parent family, end-of-life care, hospice

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