Distributions of caregiving tasks among family members: The place of gender and availability

Jeanette A. Lawrence*, Jacqueline J. Goodnow, Kerry Woods, Gery Karantzas

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    To extend family-oriented approaches to caregiving, participants in 2 studies were asked to distribute tasks among a set of adult children, first with information only about gender and then with systematically varied information about commitments to paid work, marriage, and/or parenting. Making the distributions, using a computer-based program, were 2 groups of older adults (ages 60 to 90 years). In Study 1, gender composition was kept constant (2 sons and 2 daughters). In Study 2, it was varied. The results showed several ways in which people combine attention to gender and to availability. The results also pointed to the need to consider both the number and type of tasks allocated. The results are discussed in terms of implications for the way caregiving is regarded, the development of multiple-factor models for variations among family members, and the possible replications and extensions to other circumstances and populations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)493-509
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Family Psychology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002

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