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Psychosocial Intervention

On-line version ISSN 2173-4712Print version ISSN 1132-0559


MARTINEZ, Luz M.; CATALA-MINANA, Alba  and  PENARANDA, M. Carmen. Perceived needs in domestic work and care: A qualitative study. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2016, vol.25, n.3, pp.169-178. ISSN 2173-4712.

Traditionally, studies of domestic work and care did not include subjective perspectives of workers and carers and what they perceive as being necessary to carry out these tasks. A total of 37 caregivers of four different types were interviewed in 5 focus group discussions: housewives, responsible of household and workers, domestic assistants without specific certification, and family workers with specific certification. The results show 3 common points in all groups in relation to the perceived needs in domestic work and care: considering domestic work as a complex task, the importance of emotions, and the need for care for caregivers; and 2 points in common in 2 specific groups (a comprehensive definition of care and a need for social support). It is essential to ensure that all necessary elements are provided in comprehensive care.

Keywords : Crisis of care; Care; Caregivers; Perceived needs; Housework.

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