The dynamics of socio-connective trust within support networks accessed by informal caregivers

Ray, Robin A., and Street, Annette F. (2011) The dynamics of socio-connective trust within support networks accessed by informal caregivers. Health, 15 (2). 10.1177/13634593093607. pp. 137-152.

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This article introduces the concept of socio-connective trust, the synapse between the social structures and processes that underpin relationships in supportive care networks. Data from an ethnographic case study of 18 informal caregivers providing in-home care for people with life-limiting illness were analysed drawing on theoretical concepts from the work of Giddens and writings on social capital, as well the construction of trust in the caregiving literature. While the various conceptions of trust from these sources were found to contribute to the understanding of supportive care relationships, they did not account for the dynamic nature of the availability and use of support networks. Instead, informal caregivers undertook ongoing reflexive negotiation of relationship boundaries in response to their own conception of the current situation and their perception of trust in their relationships with the various members of the support network. The concept of socio-connective trust describes the movement and flow of the flexible bonds that influence relationships among care networks and determine the type and range of support accessed by informal caregivers. Understanding the complexities of socio-connective trust in caregiving relationships will equip health and social care workers to mobilise relevant resources to support informal caregivers.

Item ID: 9110
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1461-7196
Keywords: informal caregivers, networks, relationships, social support, trust
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2011 05:08
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920211 Palliative Care @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920202 Carer Health @ 50%
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