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Caught in the middle in mid-life: provision of care across multiple generations

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dc.contributor.author Vlachantoni, Athina
dc.contributor.author Evandrou, Maria
dc.contributor.author Falkingham, Jane
dc.contributor.author Gómez-León, Madelín
dc.date.accessioned 2023-05-17T05:59:36Z
dc.date.available 2023-05-17T05:59:36Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Vlachantoni A, Evandrou M, Falkingham J, Gomez-Leon M. Caught in the middle in mid-life: provision of care across multiple generations. Ageing Soc. 2020;40(7):1490-510. DOI: 10.1017/s0144686x19000047
dc.identifier.issn 0144-686X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/56854
dc.description.abstract With a large baby-boomer generation entering mid-later life in the United Kingdom, and families spanning across multiple generations, understanding how individuals support multiple generations is of increasing research and policy significance. Data from the British 1958 National Child Development Study, collected when respondents were aged 55, are used to examine how mid-life women and men allocate their time to support elderly parents/parents-in-law and their own adult children in terms of providing grandchild care, and whether there is a trade-off in caring for different generations. Binary logistic and multinomial regression models distinguish between individuals supporting multiple generations, only one generation or none. One-third of mid-life individuals are ‘sandwiched’ between multiple generations, by having at least one parent/parent-in-law and one grandchild alive. Among them, half are simultaneously supporting both generations. Caring for grandchildren increases the probability of also supporting one's parents/parents-in-law, and vice versa. More intense support for one generation is associated with a higher likelihood of supporting the other generation. Good health is associated with caring for multiple generations for men and women, while working part-time or not at all is associated with such care provision for women only. Facilitating mid-life men and women in responding to family support demands whilst maintaining paid employment will be critical in fostering future intergenerational support.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press
dc.relation.ispartof Ageing & Society. 2020;40(7):1490-510.
dc.rights © Cambridge University Press 2019. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the CreativeCommons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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dc.title Caught in the middle in mid-life: provision of care across multiple generations
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0144686x19000047
dc.subject.keyword care provision
dc.subject.keyword sandwich generation
dc.subject.keyword support
dc.subject.keyword intergenerational exchange
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