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ERIC Number: EJ836508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Assisting Parents and In-Laws: Gender, Type of Assistance, and Couples' Employment
Chesley, Noelle; Poppie, Kyle
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n2 p247-262 May 2009
We use 1995 MIDUS data (n = 2,085) to assess whether the gender gap in help persists across different types of help (unpaid task assistance, emotional support, financial assistance) to parents and in-laws. We also examine whether joint employment patterns influence levels of help. Persistent gender differences are identified in levels of emotional support to parents and in-laws: Women spend more time than men giving this help. There are no gender differences in levels of unpaid task assistance or financial assistance to parents or in-laws. Individuals in single-earner couples, however, provide greater levels of unpaid task assistance to in-laws and financial assistance to parents than individuals in dual-earner couples. Furthermore, financial assistance to parents is positively linked to work hours.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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