ERIC Number: ED264485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Patterns of Parent-Care When Adult Daughters Work and When They Do Not.
Brody, Elaine M.; Schoonover, Claire B.
Middle-aged women have traditionally been the main care providers for their elderly relatives. As the percentage of these women who are employed increases and family size decreases, this support for the elderly may decline. To examine the impact of women's work on their parent care activities, the following three members of each of 150 families were interviewed: (1) the elderly widowed mother who needed support; (2) her caregiving married daughter; and (3) the daughter's husband. The interviews measured the number of hours of help per week given to the elderly mothers by each of seven types of potential informal and formal providers. The sample was divided into working daughter and non-working daughter groups. The results indicated that both groups provided equal amounts of help with housework, telephoning, managing money, arranging services, shopping, transportation, and emotional support. Working daughters provided fewer hours of help with personal care and meal preparation. When daughters worked, other family members and paid helpers offset the fewer hours of service provided by daughters. Almost all help was provided by family or paid for privately, with few of the elderly receiving any subsidized help. References and data tables are appended. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A