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Family Caregiving

Fostering Resilience Across the Life Course

  • Whitney A. Bailey
  • Amanda W. Harrist


  • Covers family caregiving over the course of the lifecycle

  • Provides concrete applications for practitioners and service providers

  • Discusses policy and policy implications


Part of the Emerging Issues in Family and Individual Resilience book series (EIIFR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Carolyn S. Henry, Rebecca L. Hubbard, Kristopher M. Struckmeyer, Todd A. Spencer
    Pages 1-26
  3. Chan M. Hellman, Jody A. Worley, Ricky T. Munoz
    Pages 81-98
  4. Louise A. Schroeder, Sissy R. Osteen
    Pages 121-141
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 143-146

About this book


This comprehensive resource offers a detailed framework for fostering resilience in families caring for their older members.  Its aim is to improve the quality of life for both the caregivers themselves as much as for those they support. Robust interventions ­­­are presented to guide family members through chronic and acute challenges in areas such as emotional health, physical comfort, financial aspects of care, dealing with health systems, and adjusting to transition. Examples, models, interviews, and an extended case study identify core concerns of caregiving families and avenues for nurturing positive adaptation. Throughout, contributors provide practical applications for therapists and other service providers in diverse disciplines, and for advancing family resilience as a field.  

Included in the coverage:

  • Therapeutic interventions for caregiving families.
  • Facilitating older adults’ resilience through meeting nutritional needs.

  • Improving ergonomics for the safety, comfort, and health of caregivers.  
  • Hope as a coping resource for caregiver resilience and well-being.
  • Perspectives on navigating care transitions with individuals with dementia.
  • Planning for and managing costs related to caregiving.           
  • Family Caregiving offers a new depth of knowledge and real-world utility to social workers, mental health professionals and practitioners, educators and researchers in the field of family resilience, as well as scholars in the intersecting disciplines of family studies, human development, psychology, sociology, social work, education, law, and medicine.


    Family Caregiving Caring for Older Adults Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren Health Effects of Caregiver Stress Family Resilience Working with Care Families Services for Care Families Caregiving Policy Family Well-Being Caring for Children with Special Needs Family Therapy

    Editors and affiliations

    • Whitney A. Bailey
      • 1
    • Amanda W. Harrist
      • 2
    1. 1.Oklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA
    2. 2.Oklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA

    About the editors

    Amanda W. Harrist received her Ph.D. in Child Development at the University of Tennessee. She is currently Associate Director for Education and Translation at the Center for Family Resilience at Oklahoma State University, where she is also a Professor of Human Development and Family Science. Her research is focused on understanding psychosocial risk and protective processes in children’s social contexts, particularly the parent-child relationship and peer relations at school.

    Whitney A. Bailey earned her Ph.D. in Family and Child Ecology from Michigan State University. Trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist with a focus on care families, Dr. Bailey dedicates her time to education, advocacy, and translation, having served in medical, human service, and political realms. Currently a faculty member at Oklahoma State University, she holds the Bryan Close Professorship in Adulthood & Aging and proudly serves the Cooperative Extension Network as Oklahoma’s Caregiving State Specialist. Dr. Bailey has lead multiple federal, state and foundation grants with an exclusive focus on understanding the ways care families experience the complex networks designed to serve them. Recognized numerous times for outstanding teaching and mentorship, Dr. Bailey is passionate about human services professionals’ readiness to serve an aging world.

    Bibliographic information

    • Book Title Family Caregiving
    • Book Subtitle Fostering Resilience Across the Life Course
    • Editors Whitney A. Bailey
      Amanda W. Harrist
    • Series Title Emerging Issues in Family and Individual Resilience
    • Series Abbreviated Title Emerging Issues in Individual and Family Resilience
    • DOI
    • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
    • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
    • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
    • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-64782-1
    • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87872-0
    • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-64783-8
    • Series ISSN 2366-6072
    • Series E-ISSN 2366-6080
    • Edition Number 1
    • Number of Pages XIV, 146
    • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
    • Topics Family
      Developmental Psychology
      Public Health
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