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Effects of Caregiving on Employment and Economic Costs of Chinese Family Caregivers in Canada

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  • Daniel Lai

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  • Wendy Leonenko

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    A telephone survey with 339 randomly selected Chinese Canadian caregivers examined the employment and economic costs of family caregiving for the elderly. Although the Chinese culture places a strong emphasis on filial obligation, caregiving is not without economic consequences. Caregiver’s age, financial adequacy, and employment, caring for an additional care receiver, and levels of assistance in Activities of Daily Living (ADL), were the predictors for economic costs perceived by family caregivers. Caregiver’s age, caring for an additional care receiver, and care receiver’s financial adequacy were significant predictors for male caregivers. Caregiver’s financial adequacy and higher levels of assistance in ADL were the predictors for female caregivers. Policies to support family caregivers should not just focus on the social aspect, but also the financial needs. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

    Volume (Year): 28 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 411-427

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jfamec:v:28:y:2007:i:3:p:411-427

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    Keywords: Chinese immigrants; Cost of caregiving; Family caregiving; Financial adequacy;

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    1. Sun-Kang Koh & Maurice MacDonald, 2006. "Financial Reciprocity and Elder Care: Interdependent Resource Transfers," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 27(3), pages 420-436, September.
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    1. HwaJung Choi, 2011. "Parents’ Health and Adult Children’s Subsequent Working Status: A Perspective of Intergenerational Transfer and Time Allocation," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 32(3), pages 493-507, September.
    2. Marita McCabe & Elodie O’Connor, 2010. "The Economic Impact of Progressive Neurological Illness on Quality of Life in Australia," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 31(1), pages 82-89, March.
    3. Laura Pagani & Anna Marenzi, 2008. "The Labor Market Participation of Sandwich Generation Italian Women," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 29(3), pages 427-444, September.

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