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Male Caregivers: Shifting Roles Among Family Caregivers

Jason Mott

Bonnie Schmidt

Brent MacWilliams

family caregivers, spouse caregivers, male, caregiving role
CJON 2019, 23(1), E17-E24. DOI: 10.1188/19.CJON.E17-E24

Background: More than 16 million men in the United States are acting in the role of family caregiver. Men are usually viewed as not being caring simply because they provide care differently than women. However, this is not the case.

Objectives: This article explores male caregiving from the perspective of family and professional roles.

Methods: A review of the literature related to men in the caregiving role was conducted. This review included only men providing care to a family member and was limited to men caring for an adult.

Findings: The main traits of male caregivers were defined as masculinization of caregiving behaviors, social support needs, and caregiver role strain/emotional aspects of caring. Men in the caregiving role must be supported. Education related to how men provide care is needed. Hands-on education should also be provided to men in the family caregiving role.

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