ERIC Number: EJ929133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Help to Family and Friends: Are There Gender Differences at Older Ages?
Kahn, Joan R.; McGill, Brittany S.; Bianchi, Suzanne M.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v73 n1 p77-92 Feb 2011
This article uses recent data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (N = 5,220) to explore gender differences in the extent to which adults in their 50s and 60s provide informal help to their adult children, elderly parents, and friends. We find that both men and women report very high levels of helping kin and nonkin alike, although women do more to assist elderly parents, and women provide much more emotional support to others than do men. Men provide more assistance than women with housework, yard work, and repairs. As they retire from the workforce, married men become significantly more involved in the care of their grandchildren, which virtually eliminates any gender difference by the time they are in their 60s. (Contains 6 tables.)
Descriptors: Females, Older Adults, Gender Differences, Males, Age Differences, Longitudinal Studies, Family Relationship, Emotional Response, Housework, Marital Status, Child Care
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