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"Dadurch, dass wir Mädchen sind, war die Erwartung von allen viel grösser." Geschlechtsspezifische Besonderheiten der informellen Pflege

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2015
Author Brügger Sarah, Perler Laura, Jaquier Adrienne, Sottas Beat,
Project Informal caregivers in critical end of life situations
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal GENDER
Volume (Issue) 7(2)
Page(s) 117 - 133
Title of proceedings GENDER


Informal care for people at the end of life is in many ways shaped by gender-specific concepts, ascriptions and norms. On the basis of a recent study on experiences, needs, concerns and resources of informal caregivers, the present article addresses the question of how gender ascriptions influence the experiences of male and female informal caregivers providing care for a person at the end of life at home. On the one hand, given the still dominant traditional division of labour between men and women, only few men provide informal care at home. On the other hand, men who engage in providing care for relatives get more recognition and support than female caregivers – not least from health care professionals. While in the narratives of male informal caregivers the taking over of nursing tasks which are typically seen as feminine is an important subject, female informal caregivers emphasize rather the “naturalness” of their activities, leading them to experience much more (internal and external) pressure than men do. Informal care entails high burdens for – male and female – caregivers. Because these burdens are experienced differently according to gender, awareness for the powerful gender ascriptions which perpetuate themselves in norms and actions is essential for gender-sensitive policy and practice.