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Fictive Kinship and Formal Care: A Study of Home Health Aides and Social Support

Date Thursday, November 3, 2016
10:20 - 11 a.m.
FeaturingDr. Peggy Kendall, professor of Communication Studies, and Krista Jolivette, senior in Communication Studies
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SponsorsAcademic Affairs and Friends of the BU Library

Event Description

Professional caregiving has been examined from the perspective of home healthcare workers as "fictive kinship." Many caregivers go far beyond the duties they are paid for and invest both their time and their emotional assets into their clients, creating a need for social support outside the client-caregiver relationship. This Edgren Scholars study, conducted throughout the spring and summer of 2016 by Professor Peggy Kendall and communication studies student Krista Jolivette, analyzes the role of fictive kinship and social support from family members within the job of the home health aide.


Contact Ann Gannon at 651.635.8717 or agannon@bethel.edu.