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Heritage 'affects caring stance'

Heritage 'affects caring stance'
2nd September 2008

White Brits are more likely to feel their lives are being put "on hold" while they care for a sick relative than those of south Asian or black Caribbean origin, new research suggests.

A study conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and published in the British Journal of Psychiatry finds the latter demographic are more likely to see their role as "natural, expected and virtuous".

However, many white British caregivers felt they received no reward from their supportive roles.

The study reports that carers who adopted the "traditional" care giving ideology, more common among south-Asian and black Caribbean workers, found their time rewarding.

"This contrasts sharply with those with non-traditional ideologies, for whom care giving often signified the end of their relationship and, to a large extent, their lives," it adds.

Recently, the Alzheimer's Society warned that dementia is "desperately" underfunded in Britain.

It called for a reduction in stigma and a rise in the levels of care and support offered to those living with the disease.

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