2004
Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1388-3186
  • E-ISSN: 2352-2437

Abstract

Abstract

This article provides insight in the extent to which female and male caregivers with a paid job apply working strategies differently, and whether a possible gender contrast can be explained by a higher caregiver burden. Data were collected in a survey conducted in the Netherlands among 1395 persons (594 men and 801 women) who combined informal caregiving with paid employment in 2014. Short-term leave is the preferred option for one out of three caregiving men and women. Reducing work hours and taking individual measures were more often applied by caregiving women, but men and women did not differ in the likelihood to quit working altogether. The higher likelihood to structurally reduce working hours among women was explained by their higher caregiving burden compared to men. Men and women who experience a high burden use different work strategies. Men who experience a high caregiving burden are more likely to take individual measures with their employer, while a higher burden is not related to taking such measures among women. Adequate use of work strategies by women needs attention by employers and policy makers, particularly because of their greater likelihood to become a caregiver and their higher burden of care compared to men.

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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): caregiver burden; gender differences; informal care; work arrangements
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