The impact of social class on providing care to parents: A cross-country comparison of adult children’s care provision in Bulgaria and Romania
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
One of the main challenges of an ageing European society is providing care to older people. Such care is often provided by children, especially in welfare states where this responsibility by default is placed on family members (Daatland et al, 2011, Kalmijn & Saraceno, 2010, Saraceno, 2010, Saraceno & Keck, 2008, 2010). While intergenerational care has been proposed as a new form of social inequality there has been little research on how social class effects adult children’s caregiving to mother and fathers (Glaser & Grundy, 2002, Sarasa & Billingsley, 2008, Saraceno, 2010). By using data from the Generation and gender survey (GGS) this study investigates how social class affect the likelihood to provide care to mothers and fathers in two countries characterized by familistic policy toward elderly, namely Bulgaria and Romania. The two countries are similar in terms of economic and cultural structure as well as in aging policy but differ in one particular policy area on whether children has the financial responsibility for providing care to parents in need or not. Findings indicate that adult children are more likely to care for mothers with lower class and that country-specific laws and policy which increase the care responsibility put on children could strengthen the effect of social class. However, this only applies to adult children in Romania. The results also provide more nuance to the assumption that the impact of social class on adult children’s care provisions to parents should be stronger in countries with more familistic policies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 40 p.
Intergenerational support, care, social class, elderly parents, provision of care
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-133070OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-133070DiVA: diva2:1085870
ProjectsFAMSIZE, Family size and quality of life among European families