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Psicologia: teoria e prática

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YAVO, Ivete de Souza  and  CAMPOS, Elisa Maria Parahyba. Caregiver and care: the subject and its relations in the context of household assistance. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.1, pp.20-32. ISSN 1516-3687.

This reserch aimed to identify the emotional characteristics and the working context of the home caregiver, as well as the sense of caring for these subjects. Ten family home caregivers of cancer patients and patients suffering from stroke took part in the study. For the data collection semi‑directed interviews were used. Results suggest that home care is a paradoxical experience, since the scenario where it develops is crucial to the understanding of caregiver’s subjectivity and what is expected of their tasks. Difficulties in sharing activities among family members, culminating in physical and emotional burden of the caregiver, were observed. We conclude, therefore, that the relationship between care and caregiver is not a simple conjuncture; the home is a complex scenario, where it becomes almost impossible to standardize actions and health practices.

Keywords : hospital psychology; household assistance; care; caretaker; psycho‑oncology.

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