GRT 2100 Lecture Notes - Latchkey Kid, Formal System, Family Values

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Support Systems - Social Support
Social Support
Social Support to others:
- Informal, unpaid help: ex. Household chores, financial aid, assistance during
illness and crisis
- Childcare
- Sharing their home with adult children
Latchkey kid: young kids who go home alone after school
Seniors Provide Support
Kinds of Support:
- Spouses and children with HV and daily chores
- Financial support to children
- Emotional support and role models for younger family members
Many Roles
- The occupational sponsor
- The comforter
- The ambassador
- The head of the family
- The kin keeper
- Reciprocity
Grandparenting
- 4 out of 5 seniors 75yrs and older are grandparents
- Women make up 80% of all grandparents
- Seniors have 4-5 grandchildren on average
Types of Support
1. Informal Support: unpaid help given by family, friends, neighbour’s – driving
to appointments, house and yard work
2. Formal Support: help provided by professional caregivers private nurses,
doctors, nanny’s
3. Combination: People turn to formal system after informal system no longer
meets their needs
Working Parents
- Almost 70% of Canadian couples with children had both partners in the
labour force
- Only 21% of couples with children had only the husband in the labour force
The Modern Mom
- Mothers in workforce in 1976: 48%
- Mothers in the workforce in 2009: 73%
- 79% of those with kids aged 6-15
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