This paper explores the content and extent of the burden of caregiving for Chinese families in transition. It sets out to understand how Chinese families manage to balance family caregiving responsibilities with employment, the impact of the existing social institutions on family caregiving practices, and the risks that caregivers have to face. Data were collected from a sample of 214 workers from 14 manufacturing companies in an industrialized city in central China in 2013. Analysis revealed that common types of eldercare were assisting with activities of daily living and medical related care; middle aged employed respondents were most likely to be the caregivers to older family members; financial and time demands of care were challenging for caregivers, but women with more education and a secure job responded to the pressure of care giving better than those with less education and insecure jobs. An absence of workplace policies to support family caregivers was reported to create insecure employment conditions among middle aged workers. The findings imply an urgent need for legislative action and workplace policy that support family caregiving in China.
Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 22, 2017
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