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The Consequences of Caregiving: Does Employment Make a Difference


  • Candace L. Kemp
  • Carolyn J. Rosenthal


While a number of studies have examined the consequences of caregiving among employed women, surprisingly little research has explicitly compared how consequences differ between employed and not employed women. Moreover, very little research in this area has distinguished between part-time and full-time employment. This paper examines these issues drawing on the 1996 General Social Survey of Canada. The sample for this study consists of women aged 25 to 64 who reported providing care to one or more people aged 65+ because of a long-term physical disability (n=426). Three employment status groups (full-time, part-time and not employed) are compared on positive consequences, burden, guilt, job adjustment, postponed opportunities, and social and economic consequences. Results reveal significant differences between the three employment categories indicating that employment, both full and part-time, is associated with higher burden, guilt and social and economic consequences.

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  • Candace L. Kemp & Carolyn J. Rosenthal, 2001. "The Consequences of Caregiving: Does Employment Make a Difference," Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Reports 357, McMaster University.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcm:qseprr:357

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    caregiving; employment status; GSS;

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    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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