Journal article

Women with multiple roles: The emotional impact of caring for ageing parents

B Murphy, H Schofield, J Nankervis, S Block, H Herrman, B Singh

Ageing and Society | Published : 1997


As part of a wider study of family caregiving, a sample of 297 women caring for an ageing parent were identified through a random statewide telephone survey involving over 26,000 households in Victoria, Australia. In addition to elder care, half these women were in paid employment and a third had dependent children. Overload was highest for carers with multiple roles, particularly those of parent or worker. Resentment in the caring role was highest for those who had fewer roles apart from elder care, particularly those who had quit work, and those without a partner. Life satisfaction was higher for partnered and working carers. These findings highlight the need for structures to sup..

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