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Work restrictions experienced by midlife family care-givers of older people: evidence from six European countries

  • ANDREA PRINCIPI (a1), GIOVANNI LAMURA (a1), CRISTINA SIROLLA (a1), LIZ MESTHENEOS (a2), BARBARA BIEŃ (a3), JAYNE BROWN (a4), BARBRO KREVERS (a5), MARIA GABRIELLA MELCHIORRE (a1) and HANNELI DÖHNER (a6)...
Abstract

This paper examines differences in work restrictions of midlife family carers of older people in terms of prevalence, gender and explanatory variables, in six European countries: Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. A sample of 2,897 carers aged 45–64 was extracted from the EUROFAMCARE (Services for Supporting Family Carers of Older People in Europe: Characteristics, Coverage and Usage) European project database, in order to analyse four possible work restrictions experienced in connection with the activity of care-giving: the reduction of working hours; giving up working; difficulties in career developments and forced occasional work. The results show that work restrictions are experienced differently between countries especially by women: they are reported to a higher degree in the United Kingdom, Germany and Greece, less so in Italy, and seldom in Poland and Sweden. Gender differences within countries are not so marked. Country differences are explained in the light of the different welfare regimes characterising the countries under investigation, in order to elucidate how policy makers may act to improve working carers' conditions through appropriate policies.

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Address for correspondence: Andrea Principi, National Institute of Health and Science on Aging (INRCA), via S. Margherita, 60124 Ancona, Italy. E-mail: a.principi@inrca.it
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