|Title||Does the Health of Adult Child Caregivers Vary by Employment Status in the United States?|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||Forthcoming|
|Authors||Kohl, NM, Mossakowski, KN, Sanidad, II, Bird, OT, Nitz, LH|
|Journal||Journal of Aging and Health|
|Keywords||Adult children, Caregiving, Employment and Labor Force, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction|
OBJECTIVE: This study investigates whether the health effects of informal caregiving for aging parents vary by employment status in the United States. Two opposing hypotheses are tested: dual role strain and role enhancement.
METHOD: Using national longitudinal data from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study, multivariate regression models predicted self-rated health and mental health among older adult children caregiving for their parents (2009-2012) and noncaregivers.
RESULTS: A statistically significant interaction was found between caregiving duration and employment, indicating that employed caregivers had significantly worse health than retired caregivers. Caregiving duration also predicted significantly higher levels of depressive symptoms.
DISCUSSION: Our results support the dual role strain hypothesis and suggest that caregiving for a parent up to 4 years is enough to predict significantly worse health among older adult Baby Boomers, especially those in the labor force. The broader implications for public health and workplace policies are discussed.
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|Alternate Journal||J Aging Health|