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The meaning of gender and country of birth for the extent and consequences of informal caregiving in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2018 (English)In: Universalism at stake – Social inequalities in long-term care in the Nordic countries: Abstracts, 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background: In Sweden since the 1980s, LTC services have declined, followed by an increase in informal care. Studies on the intensity and consequences of this kind of caregiving are sparse in Sweden. The paper analyzes the meaning of gender and country of birth for the extent and consequences of informal caregiving in Sweden. Methods: Analysis is based on a postal survey (n=3630, aged 45-66 years) from 2013. Results: Of the respondents, 28% are caregivers, defined as providing help at least once a week to a family member, relative or friend with a disability or longstanding illness. Immigrant women provide the most intensive care (14.1 hrs/week), compared to immigrant men (6.9 hrs/week) and both women and men. Conclusion: Informal care in Sweden has a gendered as well as an ethnic component.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
family care, elder care, costs of caring, gender, ethnicity, universalism, de-familialization
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Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157558OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157558DiVA, id: diva2:1222584
Conference
24th Nordic Congress of Gerontology (24NKG), Oslo, Norway, May 2-4, 2018
Projects
Social Inequalities in Aging, NordForsk
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NordForskAvailable from: 2018-06-21 Created: 2018-06-21 Last updated: 2018-06-27Bibliographically approved

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