Gender Differences in Spousal Care Across the Later Life Course.

Academic Article


  • Spouses often serve as the primary caregivers to their ill or disabled partners. Studies have shown that men receive more care from their wives than vice versa, but few studies have focused on how the gender gap in care varies across the later life course. Drawing on data from the Health and Retirement Study, this study examined the moderating effects of age, gender, and full-time employment on married women's and men's receipt of spousal care. This study found that among community-dwelling married adults, the gender gap in care was larger among those in middle age (50-65) than it was among those in older age. As women and men aged, the gender gap decreased primarily because men left full-time work and increased the amount of time that they spent caring for their wives. As gender differences in full-time employment narrowed, the gender gap in spousal care narrowed.
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • September 2017
  • Keywords

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Caregivers
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Employment
  • Female
  • Home Care Services
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Factors
  • Spouses
  • age differences
  • caregiving
  • gender
  • life course
  • marriage
  • spouse
  • work
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 27193046
  • Start Page

  • 934
  • End Page

  • 959
  • Volume

  • 39
  • Issue

  • 8