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


  • Carolyn J. Rosenthal
  • Anne Martin-Mathews


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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  • Carolyn J. Rosenthal & Anne Martin-Mathews, 1999. "Families as Care-Providers versus Care-Managers? Gender and Type of Care in a Sample of Employed Canadians," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 4, McMaster University.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcm:sedapp:4

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    1. Paul Glavin & Amanda Peters, 2015. "The Costs of Caring: Caregiver Strain and Work-Family Conflict Among Canadian Workers," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 36(1), pages 5-20, March.

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    elderly; caregiving;

    JEL classification:

    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply


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