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Families as Care-Providers versus Care-Managers? Gender and Type of Care in a Sample of Employed Canadians

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  • Carolyn J. Rosenthal
  • Anne Martin-Mathews
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    This article extends previous research by examining care management as a distinct type of informal care. Using data drawn from a large Canadian study of work and family, the research is based on a study of a sub-sample of women (1068) and men (805) who were employed full-time and who had provided help to an elderly relative during the six month period preceding the interview. Results indicate that managerial care is a meaningful construct that denotes a distinct type of care. Most commonly, individuals combine managerial care with other types of assistance. Managerial care is a very common activity among caregivers and usually involves aspects of care other than arranging for formal services. Managerial care has an adverse impact on job costs and personal costs, and, among women, is associated with greater stress.

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    Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports with number 343.

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    Length: 45 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 1999
    Handle: RePEc:mcm:qseprr:343
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