Men as Caregivers
Making a Difference: Exploring the Experiences & Needs of Male Caregivers
May 31, 2011
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The men in this study reported some negative impacts of caregiving, but the strongest emphasis by far was on caregiving’s positive aspects, which generally coalesced into four major themes: A strengthened emotional connection with the person they cared for; a deep satisfaction with their ability to help; an increased spiritual or philosophical outlook on life; and a strengthened (Aboriginal, Chinese Catholic) or transformed (Caucasian) self-identity. Men can and do step forward to provide quality care for their loved ones, and once they take on the responsibility their care has a distinctly male perspective that can be both effective and supportive, and provide as many benefits as challenges.