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

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posted on 2002-12-01, 00:00 authored by J Lawrence, J Goodnow, K Woods, Gery KarantzasGery Karantzas
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.

History

Journal

Journal of family psychology

Volume

16

Pagination

493-509

Location

Washington, D.C.

ISSN

0893-3200

eISSN

1939-1293

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2002, American Psychological Association

Issue

4

Publisher

American Psychological Association