Journal article

Caregiving: a common or uncommon experience?

AL Howe, H Schofield, H Herrman

Social Science & Medicine | Published : 1997


The analysis reported here aims to establish the household prevalence of caregiving in Australia, drawing on a large scale, longitudinal survey conducted as part of the Victorian Carers Project. Comparisons are made with a national survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and with Canadian and U.K. findings. Three aspects of caregiving are investigated: reported household prevalence, taking account of differences in definitions used in various surveys; the extent of intergenerational exchanges involved in caregiving; and the time dimensions of caregiving, in terms of duration and patterns of cessation of caregiving over time. A high degree of consistency is found in prevalence..

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