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Supporting Families and Carers

A Nursing Perspective, 1st Edition

By Mary E. Braine, Julie Wray


190 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Understanding the perspective of carers is an essential aspect of nursing. Supporting Families and Carers: A Nursing Perspective offers insights into the fundamental principles of caring for families and carers irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or religion.

This book discusses the concepts and theories that underpin our understanding of the behaviours and feelings that families and caregivers may experience. While the book covers theoretical dimensions to understand the caregiving experience, it also provides practical perspectives for nursing and is a unique resource to inform nursing practice and learning at all levels.

The book covers topics such as the stress process, stressors and how they relate to caregiving as well as actions and resources to help alter stressful situations. Interventions discussed include training and education programs, problem-solving skills, information technology–based support and formal approaches to planning care that take into account the specific needs of carers.

Carers are a central aspect of contemporary health services, and working with carers is fundamental to the delivery of high-quality person- and family-centred nursing care. This invaluable resource helps nurses to work effectively in partnership with patients and their carers.


"It takes a wide brush stroke across many key issues in caregiving, with a solid background in concept and theory application of family, coping, loss, stress, and resilience. A significant strength of the book is its "Thinking Box"—a set of questions for readers to pause and consider in understanding the possible meanings of or applications to situations. Other strengths are its key points, stories, and straightforward presentation of theory. It is an easy read for those unfamiliar with family caregiving and hits the prominent components of family caregiving. With this title, instructors will have ready tools built in for further exploration. This work is a good reference to lead graduate students to seek new discoveries … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals" – Choice

Table of Contents

Context of the Carer


Historical Background

Definitions of Carers

Awareness of Carers

Caregiving Tasks/Responsibilities

Chapter Summary


Useful Links

The Family




Family Structure

Cohesion and Togetherness

Family Partnerships

Chapter Summary


Adjusting and Adapting to Caregiving


Stress Models

Double ABCX Model


Chapter Summary


Coping Process and Coping Strategies


Coping Styles and Strategies

Hope as a Coping Strategy

Coping Ability: Sense of Coherence and General Resistance Resources

Chapter Summary


Impact of Caring on Families and Carers


Physical Impact

Psychosocial Impact

Caregiver Strain and Burden


Loss and Grief Associated with Caregiving

Chronic Sorrow

Impact on Family Roles and Relationships

Positive Outcomes of Caregiving

Chapter Summary


Providing Support and Interventions for Families and Carers


Assessment of Families and Caregivers’ Needs

Interventions to Support Families and Carers

Fostering Hope

Chapter Summary


Useful Links

Working with Families and Carers


Context of Hospitalisation

Relationships between Nurse and Caregivers

Chapter Summary


Useful Links

About the Authors

Mary E. Braine, D.Prof, MSc, PGCHE, BSc (Hons), Diploma in Nursing (London), RN, senior lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Science, University of Salford, UK

Julie Wray, PhD, MSc, PGCHE, RN, RM, ONC, senior lecturer/user and carer lead, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Science, University of Salford, UK

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Nursing / General
MEDICAL / Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
MEDICAL / Reproductive Medicine & Technology