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Working Sandwiched-Generation Caregivers: Prevalence, Characteristics, and Outcomes
The Psychologist-Manager Journal (2008)
  • Margaret Neal, Portland State University
Some workers today are caring for family members at both ends of the life span—children and elders. This first national study specifically of dual-earner couples in the sandwiched generation examined their prevalence and their work and family characteristics and outcomes. Couples who were married or living together for at least 1 year who met additional study qualifications were identified using computer-assisted telephone interviewing; both members of 309 couples from across the United States independently completed mail surveys. Screening results indicated that between 9% and 13% of U.S. households contain adults aged 30 or over who work and who provide care to both aging parents and children. This paper (a) presents an overview of existing literature concerning the sandwiched generation; (b) describes key characteristics and outcomes for dual-earner couples caring for children and aging parents; (c) compares the findings for husbands and wives; and (d) discusses the implications of these findings both for future research and for current practice by managers.
Publication Date
April, 2008
Citation Information
Margaret Neal. "Working Sandwiched-Generation Caregivers: Prevalence, Characteristics, and Outcomes" The Psychologist-Manager Journal Vol. 11 Iss. 1 (2008)
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