Impacts of Informal Caregiving on Caregiver: Employment, Health, and Family

Jan Michael Bauer, Alfonso Sousa-Poza

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Abstract

As the aging population increases, the demand for informal caregiving is becoming an ever more important concern for researchers and policy-makers alike. To shed light on the implications of informal caregiving, this paper reviews current research on its impact on three areas of caregivers’ lives: employment, health, and family. Because the literature is inherently interdisciplinary, the research designs, sampling procedures, and statistical methods used are heterogeneous. Nevertheless, we are still able to draw several important conclusions: first, despite the prevalence of informal caregiving and its primary association with lower levels of employment, the affected labor force is seemingly small. Second, such caregiving tends to lower the quality of the caregiver’s psychological health, which also has a negative impact on physical health outcomes. Third, the implications for family life remain under investigated. The research findings also differ strongly among subgroups, although they do suggest that female, spousal, and intense caregivers tend to be the most affected by caregiving.
As the aging population increases, the demand for informal caregiving is becoming an ever more important concern for researchers and policy-makers alike. To shed light on the implications of informal caregiving, this paper reviews current research on its impact on three areas of caregivers’ lives: employment, health, and family. Because the literature is inherently interdisciplinary, the research designs, sampling procedures, and statistical methods used are heterogeneous. Nevertheless, we are still able to draw several important conclusions: first, despite the prevalence of informal caregiving and its primary association with lower levels of employment, the affected labor force is seemingly small. Second, such caregiving tends to lower the quality of the caregiver’s psychological health, which also has a negative impact on physical health outcomes. Third, the implications for family life remain under investigated. The research findings also differ strongly among subgroups, although they do suggest that female, spousal, and intense caregivers tend to be the most affected by caregiving.
LanguageEnglish
JournalJournal of Population Ageing
Volume8
Issue number3
Pages113-145
ISSN1874-7884
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Informal care
  • Employment
  • Work hours
  • Health
  • Review

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Impacts of Informal Caregiving on Caregiver : Employment, Health, and Family. / Bauer, Jan Michael; Sousa-Poza, Alfonso.

In: Journal of Population Ageing, Vol. 8, No. 3, 09.2015, p. 113-145.

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