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

Lawrence, Jeanette, Goodnow, Jacqueline, Woods, Kerry and Karantzas, Gery 2002, Distributions of caregiving tasks among family members: the place of gender and availability., Journal of family psychology, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 493-509.

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Title Distributions of caregiving tasks among family members: the place of gender and availability.
Author(s) Lawrence, Jeanette
Goodnow, Jacqueline
Woods, Kerry
Karantzas, GeryORCID iD for Karantzas, Gery
Journal name Journal of family psychology
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Start page 493
End page 509
Publisher American Psychological Association
Place of publication Newbury Park, Calif.
Publication date 2002-12
ISSN 0893-3200
Keyword(s) caregiving
family members
distribution of tasks
adult children
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, American Psychological Association
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