Reconciliation of work and care among lone mothers of adults with intellectual disabilities: the role and limits of care capital
Chou, Y.-C., & Kröger, T. (2014). Reconciliation of work and care among lone mothers of adults with intellectual disabilities: the role and limits of care capital. Health and Social Care in the Community, 22(4), 439-448. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12100
Published inHealth and Social Care in the Community
© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is a final draft version of an article whose final and definitive form has been published by Wiley.
In this study, the concept of social capital is applied to an exploration of Guanxi (social networking to create good relationships) among working lone mothers of adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) in Taiwan. Using in-depth interviews, this study explores the role of social capital, here referred to as 'care capital', in making it possible for working lone mothers to combine their roles as family carers and workers. Eleven divorced or widowed mothers combining their paid work with long-term care responsibilities were recruited from a survey or through NGOs and were interviewed at their home between October 2008 and July 2010. An interpretative phenomenological approach was adopted for data analysis. The findings revealed that the mothers' care capital was extremely limited and was lost, gained and lost again during their life-cycles of long-term care-giving. Guanxi, especially in relation to their employers, proved to be the sole source of care capital for these mothers, making reconciliation between work and care responsibilities possible. In the absence of formal or informal support, religion and the mother-child relationship seemed also to become a kind of care capital for these lone mothers, helping them to get by with their life-long care responsibilities. For formal social and healthcare services, not just in Taiwan but in every country, it is important to develop support for lone mothers of adults with ID who have long-term care responsibilities and low levels of care capital and thus face care poverty. ...
Publication in research information system
MetadataShow full item record
Showing items with similar title or keywords.
Association of poverty and social exclusion with Body Mass Index among Special Olympics athletes in Europe Rintala, Pauli; Temple, Viviene A.; Lloyd, Meghann; Faro, Chris; Foley, John T. (Springer, 2017)Objectives To examine the association of a risk of poverty and social exclusion (AROPE), age, and gender with the body mass index (BMI) status of European Special Olympics athletes. Methods BMI records were available ...
The role of music therapy in the treatment of people with intellectual disabilities suffering from mental health issues Urpi, Elena (2016)Mental health issues are more common among people with intellectual disabilities than among others. Therefore, more research is needed on this topic. The main concepts of the present study – intellectual disability, ...
Software development for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in 2010–2019 : a systematic mapping study Kasanen, Mari (2020)People with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) may need software applications that are specifically developed to answer the requirements their disabilities pose. Article 9 of the 2006 Convention on the Rights ...
The emergence of intangible capital : human, social, and intellectual capital in nineteenth century British, French, and German economic thought Turunen, Olli (University of Jyväskylä, 2016)Since the late 1950s the concept of human capital, understood as the stock of knowledge, skills, and abilities that determine individual productivity, has become one of the central tools with which economists explain ...
Chou, Yueh-Ching; Kröger, Teppo; Pu, Cheng-yun (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2018)Background Mothers with lifelong care responsibilities might involuntarily be non-employed or work part-time, both of which are defined as “underemployment.” This study aimed to investigate who these underemployed mothers ...