Quotation Schneider, Ulrike, Trukeschitz, Birgit, Mühlmann, Richard, Ponocny, Ivo. 2009. Family-to-work conflicts resulting from eldercare: Findings form a large-scale empirical study of informal cargivers to older persons. 37th Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology, Bristol, Großbritannien, 02.09-04.09.




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.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Family-to-work conflicts resulting from eldercare: Findings form a large-scale empirical study of informal cargivers to older persons
Event 37th Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology
Year 2009
Date 02.09-04.09
Country United Kingdom
Location Bristol
URL http://www.britishgerontology.org/event_details.asp?DiaryID=99


Vienna Informal Carer Study 2008 (VIC2008)
Schneider, Ulrike (Details)
Trukeschitz, Birgit (Details)
Mühlmann, Richard (Former researcher)
Ponocny, Ivo (Modul University, Wien, Austria)
Institute for Social Policy IN (Details)
Research Institute for Economics of Aging FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5334 Political economic policy (Details)
5418 Gerontology (Details)
5421 Aging research (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
5933 Aging research (Details)
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