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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Rural African American Caregiving

Rural African American Caregiving

(p.381) 32 Rural African American Caregiving
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Iris Carlton-Laney

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines rural African American caregivers. These individuals face critical and potentially life threatening problems, including poverty, lack of transportation, inadequate child care, substandard housing, inadequate heath care, and insufficient child care. Although these challenges are formidable, rural African American caregivers can also draw on unique cultural resources, including the mutual-aid system that permeates African American culture, the importance of extended family, including fictive kin, religion, and the value of neighbors and the local geographic community. In this population, social support and caregiving are overlapping concepts. Implications for social work practice are discussed.

Keywords:   African American caregivers, aging, elderly, social work practice

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