Development of a typology of dual-earner couples caring for children and aging parents

Jennifer C. Cullen, Leslie Hammer, Margaret B. Neal, Robert R. Sinclair

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Abstract

Using a national sample of 267 couples, the authors identify distinct profiles of dual-earner couples in the sandwiched generation (i.e., those caring for children and aging parents) using cluster analysis and then assess the relationship between these profiles and workg-family conflict. The profiles are defined by characteristics of couples' child care demands (age and number of children), parent care demands (hours spent as caregiver each week), and work-role demands (hours worked per week). Three distinct profiles of sandwiched couples emerge: a high child care demands group, a high parent care demands group, and a high work demands group. The authors find differences in work-to-family conflict across the three groups but not differences in family-to-work conflict. Implications for work life practitioners and human resource managers are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-483
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Child care
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  • Typology
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Development of a typology of dual-earner couples caring for children and aging parents. / Cullen, Jennifer C.; Hammer, Leslie; Neal, Margaret B.; Sinclair, Robert R.

In: Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 30, No. 4, 04.2009, p. 458-483.

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Cullen, Jennifer C. ; Hammer, Leslie ; Neal, Margaret B. ; Sinclair, Robert R. / Development of a typology of dual-earner couples caring for children and aging parents. In: Journal of Family Issues. 2009 ; Vol. 30, No. 4. pp. 458-483.
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