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Open Access The positive effects of caring for family carers of older adults: a scoping review

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The negative effects of caring are well documented; however, positive effects have received less attention. A scoping review of 22 studies published between 2000 and 2018 was conducted regarding the positive effects of family caring for older adults. Our analysis revealed that positive effects are embedded in relationships, summarised in three themes: in relationship with one’s self (the carer), for example, personal growth; in relationship with the care recipient, for example, a deepened dyadic relationship; and in relationship with others, for example, new care-related relationships. Seeing the positive effects of caring relationally may shape environmental factors, such as assistive device, social policy or health services development.

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Keywords: family caring; older adult; positive effects; scoping review

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Centre de Recherche de l’Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal, Canada 2: Université de Montréal and Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal, Canada 3: University of British Columbia and G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Research Lab, Canada 4: University of Alberta, Canada 5: Université Laval and Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration, Canada 6: Centre de Recherche de l’Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal and Université de Montréal, Canada

Publication date: August 2020

This article was made available online on July 28, 2020 as a Fast Track article with title: "The positive effects of caring for family carers of older adults: a scoping review".

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  • The International Journal of Care and Caring (IJCC) is a new multidisciplinary journal designed to advance scholarship and debate in the important and expanding field of care and caring. Multidisciplinary and international in scope, it publishes high quality contributions on care, caring and carers from all regions of the world. IJCC has a broad focus, covering care and caring for people of any age who have long-term conditions, disabilities or frailties, or who are seriously ill or near the end of life. It explores the economic, organisational, political, social, legal, familial, transnational and ethical settings in which this care occurs.

    IJCC is concerned with care provided as paid work and as support for family members, friends or neighbours; with care in home, community and residential settings; and with formal and informal care relations, organisation, systems and markets. It focuses on 'receiving' and 'giving' care and on the gendered nature and social, political, legal and economic status and circumstances of care and caring. It debates the support needed in localities, workplaces and health systems to make care and caring feasible and rewarding for carers and dignified and supportive of independence for care recipients. IJCC welcomes contributions on caring relationships, the ethics and political economy of care, care as a focus of moral philosophy and feminist analysis and care and caring as sources of claims-making and challenge and as the spur for national and global social movements.

    The journal encourages critical engagement with policy and practice developments and aims to include contributions from different areas of the world in each edition. Its regular Debates and Issues section features dialogue with carers’ organisations, policymakers, trade unions, employers and academics, to encourage global dialogue and international sharing of ideas, expertise and experience.

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