Assistance to Aging Parents and Parents-in-Law: Does lineage affect family allocation decisions?

TitleAssistance to Aging Parents and Parents-in-Law: Does lineage affect family allocation decisions?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsShuey, K, Hardy, MA
JournalJournal of Marriage and the Family
Volume65
Issue2
Pagination418-431
KeywordsAdult children, Health Conditions and Status, Healthcare
Abstract

In this analysis we used data from the Health and Retirement Study to examine how, couples organize transfers of assistance to aging parents and whether the flow of assistance is structured by family lineage. We found evidence of a tradeoff between types of assistance and a unilineal pattern of assistance. Few couples provided both time and money, and few assisted parents and parents-in-law. The determinants of assistance varied by type of care, recipient, and patterns of parental survival. Couples were more responsive to the needs of the wife's parent(s) and were less likely to exclude her parents from care even tinder circumstances of competition. Controlling for resources, African American and Hispanic couples were consistently more likely to provide assistance.

Endnote Keywords

Aging/Caregiving/Intergenerational Transfers

Endnote ID

11982

Citation Key6874