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Balancing Work and Caregiving for Children, Adults, and Elders
  • Margaret Neal, Portland State University
  • Nancy J. Chapman, Portland State University
  • Berit Ingersoll-Dayton, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Arthur C. Emlen, Portland State University
Published in Cooperation with the Center for Practice Innovations, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University How do working parents balance their work and child care responsibilities? What if an employee has responsibilities for adult or elderly family members or friends? How similar or distinct are these dependent-care responsibilities in their rewards and their consequences? What about employees who have multiple caregiving roles? In Balancing Work and Caregiving for Children, Adults, and Elders, the authors explore how employees with caregiver roles juggle the responsibilities of work and family. They suggest that, in our current socio/economic reality, dependent care needs to be addressed as a corporate, family, and community concern. Drawing from literature in the field, as well as their large-scale study, they present a thorough discussion of the stressors experienced by workers caught in the often conflicting demands of dual roles. The authors consider multiple factors that contribute to the experience of stress and work-related outcomes such as absenteeism. These factors include: employee characteristics, demands of caregiving and work roles, and the resources available within the workplace and family. Policies, benefits, and services are reviewed, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each for both the employee and the employer. The authors also analyze methods for assessing employee needs and provide recommendations for national and local policies, along with directions for further research. Balancing Work and Caregiving for Children, Adults, and Elders will be essential reading for students and professionals in family studies, management studies, social work, sociology, aging, and public health.
Publication Date
Family Caregiver Applications series
Citation Information
Margaret Neal, Nancy J. Chapman, Berit Ingersoll-Dayton and Arthur C. Emlen. Balancing Work and Caregiving for Children, Adults, and Elders. (1993)
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