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Open Access Understanding Gendered Expectations and Exemptions Experienced by Male Double-Duty Caregivers: A Qualitative Secondary Analysis Comprendre les attentes et les exemptions selon le sexe dont font l'objet les aidants masculins à double emploi : une analyse secondaire qualitative

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There is growing evidence that family caregivers who are also employed face challenges in balancing the multiple demands associated with family caregiving. Health professionals who are family caregivers, defined in this study as doubleduty caregivers (DDCs), are expected to use their professional knowledge in the provision of family care. The purpose of this qualitative secondary analysis was to explore how gendered expectations and exemptions affect the caregiving experiences and personal health of male nurses caring for family members. Being a male DDC created intersecting gendered expectations and exemptions. These coexisting and at times conflicting expectations and exemptions, constituted by the overarching theme of the determinants of care, directly influenced the health of male DDCs as they experienced tension when negotiating their dual role. The findings have direct implications for health-care policy and practice, research, and theory development.

De plus en plus de données montrent que les aidants naturels qui occupent aussi un emploi ont de la difficulté à équilibrer les multiples demandes associées à ce genre d'aide. On s'attend des professionnels de la santé qui sont des aidants naturels, ou aidants à double emploi (ADE) comme ils sont désignés dans cette étude, qu'ils utilisent leurs connaissances professionnelles dans la prestation de soins à leurs proches. La présente analyse secondaire qualitative avait pour objectif d'explorer comment les attentes et les exemptions selon le sexe ont un effet sur l'expérience en tant qu'aidant et la santé personnelle des infirmiers qui prodiguent des soins à des membres de leur famille. Être un ADE masculin créait un croisement des attentes et des exemptions selon le sexe. Ces attentes et ces exemptions qui coexistent et, parfois, se contredisent, forment le thème général des déterminants de soins et ont un effet direct sur la santé des ADE masculins, qui vivent des tensions en raison de leur double rôle. Les résultats de cette analyse ont des répercussions directes sur les politiques, les pratiques, la recherche et l'élaboration de théories en soins de santé.


Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: 2012-09-01

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