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The time intensity of childcare provided by older immigrant women in the United States

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Vega, Alma;
Date Issued: August, 2017
Description: Older adults comprise an increasing share of new legal admits to the United States. While many are financially dependent on their families, a more complete picture requires taking into account the nonmonetary contributions of this population. Using the American Time Use Survey, this study examines whether older recent immigrant women provide more unpaid childcare than their native-born and more established immigrant counterparts. Results suggest that while older recent immigrant women are more likely to provide unpaid childcare, this effect is eliminated upon controlling for demographic characteristics. However, among those who do provide childcare, older recent immigrant women provide more hours of care even after controlling for demographic and household characteristics. This pattern holds up even after restricting the analysis to women living with young children. These results may signal reciprocal supportive networks. Working-age adults may financially support older recent immigrants, while older recent immigrants provide unremunerated childcare for working-age adults. (author abstract)
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Funder(s): National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
Journal Title: Research on Aging
Volume Number: 39
Issue Number: 7
Page Range: 823-848
Note: This resource is based on data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) (2003-2013).
Topics: Parents & Families > Parent/Family Characteristics

Child Care & Early Education Providers/Organizations > Provider Type/Setting > Family, Friend, & Neighbor (Informal)
Country: United States
ISSN: 0164-0275 Paper
1552-7573 Online
Peer Reviewed: yes
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