Sons in the Workplace: The Role of Male Caregivers
Resource Type: Article
Consider these statistics, from The Eldercare Study: Everyday Realities and Wishes for Change, with data from the 2008 National Study of the Changing Workforce*:
On average, women spend 9.1 hours a week providing care (or an average of 6.4 hours providing in-person care and an average 2.7 hours providing indirect care).
Men spend an average total of 5.7 hours as caregivers (or an average 3.4 hours providing in-person care and an average 2.2 hours providing indirect care).
In 2008, men who were caregivers experienced more work-family conflict than did women who were caregivers. That year, 49 percent of men experienced “some” or “a lot” of conflict compared with 42 percent of women. It is unclear why men experienced more conflict, but perhaps the role of caregiving is newer to them than it is to women and thus the demands are experienced more intensely, the report noted.
Perspective about employed caregivers