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Residential care and care to community-dwelling parents: out-selection, in-selection and diffusion of responsibility

Van Den Broek, Thij and Dykstra, Pearl A. (2017) Residential care and care to community-dwelling parents: out-selection, in-selection and diffusion of responsibility. Ageing and Society, 37 (8). pp. 1609-1631. ISSN 0144-686X

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0144686X16000519

Abstract

Research suggests that adult children are less likely to provide care to community-dwelling parents when beds in residential care settings are more widely available. The underlying mechanisms are not well understood. Drawing on data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) on 1,214 impaired parent–child dyads from 12 countries, we find that adult children are less likely to provide care in countries where beds in residential care settings are more widely available because (a) parents’ care needs are less severe in such countries (out-selection hypothesis) and (b) adult children and impaired parents are less likely to share a household in such countries (in-selection hypothesis). Finally (c), after taking these two factors into account, adult children remain less likely to provide care in countries where beds in residential care settings are more widely available (diffusion of responsibility hypothesis). Plausibly, being able to rely on residential care undermines adult children's sense of urgency to step in and provide care to their parents.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/ageing-and...
Additional Information: © 2016 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2016 15:03
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 06:07
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68107

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