ERIC Number: ED255831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Daughters' Employment on Support Given to Older Parents.
Suggs, Patricia K.; Kivett, Vira R.
The immediate family of an elderly person is often a major social support, and the major responsibility for care of the aged has fallen traditionally to female family members. Since more women today are working, they may have less time for such family responsibilities. To examine the effects of daughters' employment on their helping behaviors toward elderly parents, data from a sample of adults (N=321) living in a rural transitional area were analyzed. Only respondents with daughters were included. Parents (N=142) completed questionnaires covering general information, work and retirement, health, family, activities and roles, and subjective well-being. A multiple regression analysis of data revealed that employment patterns of daughters were of no relative importance to the helping behaviors given to older parents, when several physical and social variables were controlled (sex, age, marital status, self-perceived health, parent's ability to get around; residential propinquity; filial expectations; and daughter's marital status). Marital status of the parent and filial expectations had a positive relationship with helping behaviors given by daughters, while residential propinquity and the parent's ability to get around were inversely related to helping behaviors. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (37th, San Antonio, TX, November 16-20, 1984).