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Adult Children and Eldercare: The Moral Considerations of Filial Obligations
Michigan Family Review (2013)
  • H Theixos, University of Miami
Abstract
This essay investigates the demands on adult children to provide care for their elderly/ill parents from a socio-moral perspective. In order to narrow the examination, the question pursued here is agent-relative: What social and moral complexities are involved for the adult child when their parent(s) need care? First, this article examines our society’s expectation that adult children are morally obligated to provide care for their parents. Second, the essay articulates how transgressing against this normative expectation can inure significant moral criticism. The final sections present these tensions within the context of disability.
Keywords
  • eldercare,
  • filial obligations,
  • filial duty,
  • caregiver,
  • abuse,
  • moral trauma
Publication Date
Winter 2013
Citation Information
H Theixos. "Adult Children and Eldercare: The Moral Considerations of Filial Obligations" Michigan Family Review Vol. 17 Iss. 1 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/h_theixos/9/