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Adult children stepping in? Long-term care reforms and trends in children's provision of household support to impaired parents in the Netherlands

van den Broek, Thijs, Dykstra, Pearl A. and van der Veen, Romke (2019) Adult children stepping in? Long-term care reforms and trends in children's provision of household support to impaired parents in the Netherlands. Ageing and Society, 39 (1). pp. 112-137. ISSN 0144-686X

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0144686X17000836

Abstract

Recent long-term care (LTC) reforms in the Netherlands are illustrative of those taking place in countries with a universalistic LTC model based on extensive provision of state-supported services. They entail a shift from de-familialisation, in which widely available state-supported LTC services relieve family members from the obligations to care for relatives in need, to supported familialism, in which family involvement in care-giving is fostered through support and recognition for families in keeping up their caring responsibilities. Using data from four waves of the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study (N = 2,197), we show that between 2002 and 2014 the predicted probability that adult children provide occasional household support to impaired parents rose substantially. Daughters more often provided household support to parents than did sons, but no increase in the gender gap over time was found. We could not attribute the increase in children's provision of household support to drops in the use of state-supported household services. The finding that more and more adult children are stepping in to help their ageing parents fits a more general trend in the Netherlands of increasing interactions in intergenerational families.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Lifecourse, Ageing & Population Health
Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Research centres and groups > ALPHA (Ageing, Lifecourse and Population Health Analysis)
Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2017 09:05
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 00:13
Projects: 324211, 320116, 324055, 480-10-009, 481-08-008
Funders: European Research Council, Seventh Framework Programme, Major Investments Fund, Longitudinal Survey and Panel Fund
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84080

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