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Helpful citizens and caring families: Patterns of informal help and caregiving in Sweden in a 17-year perspective
Ersta Sköndal University College.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9702-2043
National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life, Linköping University.
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 21, no 4, 422-432 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article reports on an analysis of informal help and caregiving in Sweden with, for the first time, a focus on patterns of change over 17 years regarding scope, type of caregivers and the recipients of help. The discussion is based on results from a national survey repeated four times between 1992 and 2009. In the 1990s, the figures were stable, but from the late 1990s to 2009, there seems to have been a dramatic increase in the extent of informal help giving. Concerning types of helpers, the patterns implied involvement not only from family members, but also from other types of helpers. Two interpretative perspectives were used in the analysis: the first from recent welfare state changes and the substitution argument; the second from the present debate on civil society and its possible and changing role. These perspectives represent two partly complementary approaches to the understanding of the dynamics of informal involvement in contemporary Swedish society.

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2012. Vol. 21, no 4, 422-432 p.
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informal caregiving, welfare state, civil society, substitution
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-23655DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2011.00839.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-23655DiVA: diva2:1059369
Available from: 2013-01-07 Created: 2016-12-21 Last updated: 2016-12-22Bibliographically approved

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