ERIC Number: ED325725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Caregiving, Marriage and Work Related Issues as Differentiated by Gender.
Pastorello, Thomas; And Others
A recently published national profile of caregivers of the frail elderly suggests potentially negative consequences of caregiving for work and employment for as many as one-third of the employed caregivers in a large 1983 sample. The study was undertaken to explore a comprehensive set of issues on informal caregiving and to determine the extent to which caregiving by employees has consequences for work and job. A survey instrument adapted from The Travelers Employee Caregiver Survey was completed by 583 employees, 159 of whom identified themselves as caregivers for at least one person age 60 or older. Women are not more likely to be caregivers than men. Of all women in the sample, 28.71% were caregivers and of all men, 27.27%. The findings revealed that only 10% of men surveyed experienced caregiving related problems on the job, compared to 52% of the women. The difference was accounted for in part by men's greater freedom to rearrange their job schedules and reduce work time to render care. Men are more likely than women to give personal care and medication care. Men are almost as likely as women to offer companionship. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (42nd, Minneapolis MN, November 17-21, 1989).