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Caregivers as managers of subjective wellbeing: a homeostatic perspective

Cummins, Robert 2005, Caregivers as managers of subjective wellbeing: a homeostatic perspective, Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities : JARID, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 335-344, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2005.00267.x.

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Title Caregivers as managers of subjective wellbeing: a homeostatic perspective
Author(s) Cummins, Robert
Journal name Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities : JARID
Volume number 18
Issue number 4
Start page 335
End page 344
Publisher BILD Publications
Place of publication Clevedon, England
Publication date 2005-12
ISSN 1360-2322
1468-3148
Keyword(s) caregivers
disability
homeostasis
quality of life
subjective wellbeing
Summary Background: This paper proposes that the adequacy of service delivery and caregiving to people who are disabled should be assessed using two criteria. One is the objective circumstance of living, which should be at a standard acceptable to the community at large. The other is a level of subjective wellbeing (SWB) within the normal range. Method: This latter criterion is a novel conception based on an understanding that SWB is homeostatically managed to lie normally within a narrow range of values. Results: People who have a disability are more likely than usual to have a fragile homeostatic system because of the additional life challenges imposed by their disability. Conclusions: The role of a caregiver is to provide resources and protection against strong threats to homeostasis, thereby ensuring that the person in their care has a normal-range level of SWB.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2005.00267.x
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, BILD Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003212

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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