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Class, caring and disability: evidence from the British Retirement Survey

Glaser, Karen and Grundy, Emily (2002) Class, caring and disability: evidence from the British Retirement Survey. Ageing and Society, 22 (3). pp. 325-342. ISSN 0144-686X

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0144686X02008723


There has been an increasing interest in the caring responsibilities of middle generation individuals as numerous studies have noted the continuing family obligations of people in later life. Employing data from the United Kingdom Office of National Statistics Retirement Survey of 1988/89, we examined social class differentials in the provision of care by 55–69 year olds. Our results show few social class differences in the provision of co-resident care to a parent (among those aged 55–69 in 1988/89 with at least one living parent), but significant social class differences in the provision of care to a spouse. Working class individuals were more likely to be caring for a spouse than their middle class counterparts because of the higher prevalence of disability among this group.

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Additional Information: © 2002 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Lifecourse, Ageing & Population Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > ALPHA (Ageing, Lifecourse and Population Health Analysis)
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2013 11:12
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 03:37

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