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Women bear caregiving responsibility in cases of dependency in Spain
Date:3/25/2010

This release is available in Spanish.

The main conclusion of this research is that in spite of the noteworthy advances of recent decades, women continue to be the main caregivers for minors as well as for the elderly, disabled or the sick. In general, traditional family care is increasingly more unsustainable, chiefly because of women's incorporation into the workplace and the decrease in the number of housewives, the increase of the aging population, and the increasing age of the caregivers themselves. The study in which these conclusions are specified with more data is published in Volume 28 of the Coleccin de Estudios Sociales de la Fundacin "la Caixa" (Social Studies Collection of the La Caixa Foundation) under the title: "El cuidado de las personas. Un reto para el siglo XXI (Caregiving A 21st Century Challenge". Its authors, Constanza Tobo, M Victoria Gmez, M Silveria Agull and M Teresa Martn Palomo, are four researchers from the UC3M Department of Political Science and Sociology who have published books and numerous articles in national and international journals in the area of gender studies, family relations, ageing and caregiving.

The study examines the current situation and the future challenges that caregiving presents in our country. The incorporation of women into the workplace and the significant increase in life expectancy are the two main factors which require a new caregiving model that goes beyond the traditional role of the family, and basically the woman, as caregiver. However, for that, infrastructures and professional support services are necessary, which currently are deficient, according to the authors of the report. "There is still a generation of women between 50 and 70 who are available for the care of the elderly and grandchildren, but they too are aging, and the new generations are for a large part, employed in
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Contact: Ana Herrera
oic@uc3m.es
Carlos III University of Madrid
Source:Eurekalert

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