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Family Networks

Margaret Rosemergy

'Who cares for the caregiver?'. American researcher and' grand old man' of family studies, Urie Bronfenbrenner, asked that question at the Second Early Childhood Convention in 1979. He suggested that the caregiver and the child are like two legs of a stool. For intact families, the 'third leg of the stool' is usually the caregiver's partner, (husband or wife). But even a stable family - a three legged stool - needs outside support in order to function well. For broken families, it is essential. In New Zealand, who cares for the caregiver? Where does support to New Zealand families come from?

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