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The Family in Europe: Structure, Intergenerational Solidarity, and New Challenges to Family Health

Título de la revista: JOURNAL OF FAMILY NURSING
ISSN: 1074-8407
Volumen: 25
Número: 2
Páginas: 170 - 189
Fecha de publicación: 2019
Understanding the family experience of health and illness within the family's social and cultural context helps health professionals understand a family's stories. The purpose of this article is to present salient characteristics of the Western European family to extend understanding about family structure and values in relation to caring and intergenerational solidarity. The goal is to provide nurses and other health professionals with culturally competent knowledge that can inform practise with families. Evidence suggests that a family model, characterized by strong-family type societies consisting of coresidence, solidarity, and intergenerational relationships, stalwartly continues in Mediterranean countries. However, due to the recent economic crisis in Spain and other European countries, there is a trend toward the withdrawal of state responsibility toward the family, and increasing weight on families' responsibility, particularly for women, toward the care of their old and chronically ill relatives. Therefore, there is a need to make health and social systems more effective, sustainable, and focused on family care.