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Combining paid work and family carePolicies and experiences in international perspective$
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Teppo Kroger and Sue Yeandle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306818

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306818.001.0001

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Parent-carers of disabled children in finland and Sweden: socially excluded by a labour of love?

Parent-carers of disabled children in finland and Sweden: socially excluded by a labour of love?

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(p.106) (p.107) Six Parent-carers of disabled children in finland and Sweden: socially excluded by a labour of love?
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Combining paid work and family care
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Sonja Miettinen

Kristina Engwall

Antti Teittinen

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306818.003.0006

This chapter focuses on parent-carers of disabled children, exploring their experiences of combining paid work and care responsibility in the context of Finnish and Swedish welfare systems. The chapter draws attention to the effects of disability policies on the ability of, not only a disabled person, but the whole family to live normally. The measures that have been taken in recent decades in both countries to enhance the inclusion and independence of disabled persons are shown to offer indirect support also to their parents, facilitating, among other things, their participation in paid work. However, the chapter also reveals how small, but significant differences in Finnish and Swedish disability policy shape the conditions in which parent-carers attempt to reconcile paid work and family care, Finnish parents finding their options more restricted due to scarcer and more standardised support. The effects of welfare state retrenchment are also discussed.

Keywords:   Disabled children, Parents, Disability policy, Welfare state retrenchment, Care responsibilities, Family care, Work, Finland, Sweden

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