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Towards sustainable hybrid relationships in cash-for-care systems

This article looks at real-life relationships between disabled people and their personal assistants in the United Kingdom and Norway.

The research found that the British system tends to foster either subordination (of the disabled person or the personal assistant) or much emotion in the relationships, while the Norwegian system rather creates regulated relationships. Disabled people and their personal assistants actively shape their relationships; therefore, they can also work against the way the system is intended to work. Relationships between disabled people and their personal assistants cannot and should never be fully controlled, but it is important to analyse the direction
encouraged by the framework. "This type of research is important, because it can help disabled people to develop good stable relationships with their personal assistants" emphasizes the author Professor Karen Christensen.

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