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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book gives a sociological study of the different ways in which families care for demented persons.
Purpose: The purpose is to demonstrate how families' different styles of managing shape the care given to demented individuals and the implications of this phenomenon for the caregiving network.
Audience: The audience for this book is professionals and educators in the fields of geriatrics, nursing and rehabilitation, social work, gerontology, family sociology, medical anthropology, and family therapy.
Features: This compact handsome book has extensive well-cited references and features numerous appendixes that diagram the sociological relationships of the families for whom case studies are given.
Assessment: The variability of an individual's response to illness is well known. What is presented in this book is the other side of the coin: how variable families are constructed and how variable are their responses to caring for demented family members. What is missing are applications of this knowledge in providing care for these families as they in turn care for demented family members. This book should be especially useful for health care professionals who grapple with families in their professioal work.