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2017 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
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1. Barna, Elizabeth. "Half the Job is Pleasing Her: Manager-Induced Stress, Care Worker Adaptations, and Care Recipient Outcomes" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Canada, Aug 12, 2017 Online <PDF>. 2019-08-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1254110_index.html>
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Abstract: In this study, I examine care work that breaches the human-animal divide, reflecting the contemporary “animal turn” of social scientific research. Based on three months of intensive participant-observation as an animal care intern at a rehabilitation and adoption center for farmed animals, supplemented with semi-structured interviews with my fellow caregivers, I argue that harsh managerial engagement with staff and a heavily regimented work environment can have adverse effects on care workers—and ultimately, on the care recipients themselves. In order to maintain their employment—and therefore, their relationship with their animal clients—the caregivers I observed employed three primary strategies that helped them cope in an environment in which “half the job” is pleasing an unforgiving manager: 1) strict adherence to protocol, 2) “taking a gamble” in an effort to satisfy management, and 3) deception and willful negligence of care recipients. Although the first strategy occasionally benefited the animal care recipients, these three strategies are ultimately problematic, as they are characterized by an intense focus on avoiding managerial scrutiny that all too often compromises the quality of care provided. In this manner, I extend Folbre’s (2001) prisoner of love concept by arguing that care workers remain silent not only on issues of pay as Folbre suggests, but on issues of harsh managerial treatment, in order to maintain their relationships with their care recipients. I also introduce the concept of secondary prisoners of love, as care recipients are adversely impacted by caregivers’ efforts to maintain their employment through subversive means.

2012 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: 4783 words || 
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2. Ejem, Deborah. "The Effects of Caregiver Emotional Stress on the Depressive Symptomalogy of the Care Recipient" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO, Aug 16, 2012 Online <PDF>. 2019-08-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p563864_index.html>
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Abstract: Depression is a leading mental health issue of America’s aging population. Current research widely neglects to investigate how the mental health of the elderly can be negatively or positively affected by mental health of his/her primary caregiver. The Life Stress Paradigm was used to investigate caregiver emotional stress as a chronic life stressor of an elderly care recipient. The intervening effects of social and psychological resources were also measured. Even when psychological and social resources were controlled for, caregiver emotional stress (measured as emotional strain) retained a positive relationship with care recipient depression (p<.01). Longitudinal analysis of research question is needed to establish a causal mechanism.

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