Veterans’ informal caregivers in the “sandwich generation”: a systematic review toward a resilience model

Authors:
SMITH-OSBORNE Alexa, FELDERHOFF Brandi
Journal article citation:
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 57(6-7), 2014, pp.556-584.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Social work theory advanced the formulation of the construct of the sandwich generation to apply to the emerging generational cohort of caregivers, most often middle-aged women, who were caring for maturing children and ageing parents simultaneously. This systematic review extends that focus by synthesising the literature on sandwich generation caregivers for the general ageing population with dementia and for veterans with dementia and polytrauma. It develops potential protective mechanisms based on empirical literature to support an intervention resilience model for social work practitioners. This theoretical model addresses adaptive coping of sandwich- generation families facing ongoing challenges related to caregiving demands. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
carers, informal care, older people, child care, models, dementia, resilience, family relations, social work, armed forces personnel;
Content type:
systematic review
Location(s):
United States
Link:
Journal home page
ISSN online:
1540-4048
ISSN print:
0163-4372

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