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Inequalities in unpaid carer’s health, employment status and social isolation

Brimblecombe, Nicola ORCID: 0000-0002-6147-5726 and Cartagena Farias, Javiera ORCID: 0000-0002-5984-0317 (2022) Inequalities in unpaid carer’s health, employment status and social isolation. Health and Social Care in the Community, 30 (6). e6564 - e6576. ISSN 0966-0410

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Providing higher-intensity unpaid care (higher care hours or care within the household) is associated with negative impacts on people's paid employment, mental health and well-being. The evidence of effects on physical health is mixed and carer's social and financial outcomes have been under-researched. The biggest evidence gap, however, is on how outcomes vary by factors other than type or level of care provision, in particular socio-demographic factors. Our study used two waves of data (2017/19 and 2018/2020) from the United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study for people aged 16 and older. We investigated the effects of providing care for 10 or more hours a week or within the household in interaction with people's socio-demographic characteristics. Outcomes included mental and physical health, social isolation, employment status and earnings. We found that caring responsibilities interacted with gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status (as measured by highest educational qualification), or age to affect carers differentially in a number of areas of their lives leading to, and exacerbating, key disadvantages and inequalities.

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Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2022 14:33
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 17:23

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