Perceived needs in domestic work and care: A qualitative study

Luz M. Martínez, Alba Catalá-Miñana, M. Carmen Peñaranda

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    © 2015 Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Madrid Traditionally, studies of domestic work and care did not include subjective perspectives of workers and carers and what they perceive as being necessary to carry out these tasks. A total of 37 caregivers of four different types were interviewed in 5 focus group discussions: housewives, responsible of household and workers, domestic assistants without specific certification, and family workers with specific certification. The results show 3 common points in all groups in relation to the perceived needs in domestic work and care: considering domestic work as a complex task, the importance of emotions, and the need for care for caregivers; and 2 points in common in 2 specific groups (a comprehensive definition of care and a need for social support). It is essential to ensure that all necessary elements are provided in comprehensive care.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)169-178
    JournalPsychosocial Intervention
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


    • Care
    • Caregivers
    • Crisis of care
    • Housework
    • Perceived needs


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