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|dc.contributor||Department of Applied Social Sciences||en_US|
|dc.contributor.advisor||Bai, Xue (APSS)||en_US|
|dc.contributor.advisor||Tsui, Ming Sum (APSS)||en_US|
|dc.creator||Wong, Kit Yu||-|
|dc.publisher||Hong Kong Polytechnic University||en_US|
|dc.rights||All rights reserved||en_US|
|dc.title||An exploratory study on the experience of older husband caregivers in Hong Kong||en_US|
|dcterms.abstract||Population ageing is a worldwide phenomenon, and caregiving to older people has become a remarkable global challenge. Older husbands have increasingly assumed caregiver role in later life marriage, yet they are a less visible subgroup of family caregivers. In both social and academic discourse, caregiving is generally described as a feminine role, and as an experience full of stresses and hardships. Limited knowledge is available on the subjective experiences of local older husband caregivers.||en_US|
|dcterms.abstract||This is an exploratory study using qualitative research methods to examine the caregiving experience of older husband caregivers from their perspectives. It aims to understand their personal appraisal of caregiving role, how they cope with the care demands, the meanings ascribed to their caregiving situations and how they continue as caregivers. Purposive sampling was employed to recruit 15 local Chinese husbands living with their wives who are dependent on their care due to physical or cognitive impairments. Semi-structured in-depth interviewing was adopted as the primary means of data collection. Based on thematic analysis with an inductive approach, eight major themes were derived: 1) Occupied by heavy care duties, 2) Frustrated by multiple losses, 3) Struggling with multiple stressors in later life, 4) Informal support undergoing transformation, 5) Preference and hesitancy about using formal services, 6) Marital bond and commitment as husband, 7) Self-esteem and self-efficacy as man, and 8) Acceptance and adaptation in adversity.||en_US|
|dcterms.abstract||The findings indicate that older husbands experience challenges and stresses over the course of caregiving, yet they demonstrate strong devotion, coping flexibility, and immense adaptability. They also strive to sustain their role by finding meanings and positives in caregiving. Spousal caregiving is constructed as endeavours occurring in a lifelong relationship on the basis of marital commitment, as a representation of love and obligations, a social role, and an occupation within a gendered sociocultural context. The results affirm the significance of understanding the multidimensional nature of caregiving in later life marriage, and the intertwined social construction processes of caregiving, gender, and culture. Male caregiving represents other ways of being a man beyond traditional conception of masculinity by re-constructing gender identities. This study may contribute to knowledge building in the local caregiving literature, and shed light on interventions to support caregivers.||en_US|
|dcterms.extent||xi, 280 pages : color illustrations||en_US|
|dcterms.isPartOf||PolyU Electronic Theses||en_US|
|dcterms.LCSH||Older caregivers -- China -- Hong Kong||en_US|
|dcterms.LCSH||Male caregivers -- China -- Hong Kong||en_US|
|dcterms.LCSH||Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations||en_US|
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