Supporting carers: Is practice still sexist?

Paul Bywaters, Alison Harris

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    Informal carers are central to the community care policies which have emerged during the last two decades. However, research has suggested that caring is a gendered activity, disproportionately expected of women with consequent disadvantage in terms of physical and mental health and material well-being. Moreover, evidence has been presented that, in the past, women carers were less likely to be offered the support of public services than their male counterparts. A research project designed to test whether this pattern still applied in service provision to male and female spousal carers was carried out in an assessment and care management team working with older people. The results suggested that differences in professional responses to female and male carers still persist and that some workers may be unaware of the gap between their intentions and their actions in assessing and planning services. This evidence implies the need for further attention to be paid to these issues in training care managers and the importance of monitoring the outcomes of assessment along gender lines.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)458-483
    Number of pages26
    JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1998


    • Assessment and care management
    • Carers
    • Community care
    • Gender
    • Older people

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Health Policy
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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