More Caregiving, Less Working: Caregiving Roles and Gender Difference

TitleMore Caregiving, Less Working: Caregiving Roles and Gender Difference
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLee, Y, Tang, F
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
KeywordsAdult children, Demographics, Employment and Labor Force, Healthcare

This study examined the relationship of caregiving roles to labor force participation using the nationally representative data from the Health and Retirement Study. The sample was composed of men and women aged 50 to 61 years (N = 5,119). Caregiving roles included caregiving for spouse, parents, and grandchildren; a summary of three caregiving roles was used to indicate multiple caregiving roles. Bivariate analysis using chi-square and t tests and binary logistic regression models were applied. Results show that women caregivers for parents and/or grandchildren were less likely to be in the labor force than non-caregivers and that caregiving responsibility was not related to labor force participation for the sample of men. Findings have implication for supporting family caregivers, especially women, to balance work and caregiving commitments.

Endnote Keywords

Caregiving Role/Labor Force Participation/Spouse Caregiving/Parent Caregiving/Grandchild Caregiving/Gender Difference

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Citation Key8191