Changes in adult children's participation in parent care

TitleChanges in adult children's participation in parent care
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSzinovacz, ME, Davey, A
JournalAgeing and Society
KeywordsAdult children, Healthcare

Care-giving research has focused on primary care-givers and relied on cross-sectional data. This approach neglects the dynamic and systemic character of care-giver networks. Our analyses address changes in care-givers and care networks over a two-year period using pooled data from the US Health and Retirement Study, 1992-2000. Based on a matrix of specific adult-child care-givers across two consecutive time-points, we assess changes in any adult-child care-giver and examine the predictors of change. A change in care-giver occurred in about two-fifths of care-giving networks. Ability to provide care based on geographical proximity, availability of alternative care-givers, and gender play primary roles in the stability of care networks. Results underline the need to shift care-giving research toward a dynamic and systemic perspective.


Copyright - Copyright Cambridge University Press 2012 Document feature - References Last updated - 2013-04-19 CODEN - AGSOD9 DOI - 2929542811; 76658942; 14190; AGSOD9; PANS; CBVPPANS10.1017/S0144686X12000177

Endnote Keywords

Older parents/Caregivers/Intergenerational effects/Intergenerational effects/caregiver Status/Transfers

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Citation Key7802