Family-to-work conflicts resulting from eldercare: Findings form a large-scale empirical study of informal cargivers to older persons

Aktivität: VortragWissenschaftlicher Vortrag (Science-to-Science)


Informal caregivers are an important resource in long-term care for the elderly. As demography changes, and with both female work participation and the age at retirement increasing, more relatives will be confronted with burdens originating from combining care and work. With forces pulling from different sides the question is how these competing demands affect the caregiver and his / her grip on work and care commitments.
This paper examines the previously underexplored relationships between caregiving responsibilities for older relatives or friends and workplace behaviour. More specifically, we investigate negative and positive spillovers from informal caregiving into the workplace in terms of absenteeism, presenteeism and intentions of job-to-job mobility. Combined exposure to a high level of unpaid eldercare and job strain creates a double burden which is likely to affect both caregiving arrangements and working life.
Our paper is based on data from the Vienna Informal Carer Survey 2008 (VIC2008) on working caregivers and from a control group study of employees without caregiving commitments. VIC2008 contains information on 3.036 informal carers who provide help to a frail older relative in need of at least 50 monthly hours of long-term care. Our study uses a sub-sample of more than 700 informal carers from the VIC2008 who combined informal care and employment at the time of the survey. In addition the sample comprises data for more than 600 employees from the control group survey. We use multiple logistic, OLS and tobit regression to analyse differences in workplace behaviours between both groups of employees.
Zeitraum2 Sept. 20094 Sept. 2009
Ereignistitel37th Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology
VeranstaltungstypKeine Angaben

Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)

  • 509012 Sozialpolitik
  • 509005 Gerontologie
  • 502046 Volkswirtschaftspolitik