Do daughters spend more time caring for elderly parents than sons?

A new study recently presented at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco suggests that daughters spend twice as much time taking care of their elderly parents than sons. The research is led by Angelina Grigoryeva, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Princeton University and uses data from the University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study, which surveys more than 26,000 people over the age of 50 every two years. The paper, entitled “When Gendeer Trumps Everything: The Division of Parent Care Among Siblings”, finds that daughters provide an  average of 12.3 hours of elderly parent care per month as compared to sons’ 5.6 hours and shows how gender roles affect elderly care.

This is an interesting topic of discussion that we would love to see more information on as time progresses and we would love to hear your thoughts on. We would also like to note that while this is a study currently being conducted, the association did mention that papers presented at ASA annual meetings are “typically working papers” that have not yet been published in peer-reviewed journals.

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