The Sandwiched generation: Multiple caregiving responsibilities and the mismatch between actual and preferred work hours

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We examine the intersection of the ‘‘Overworked American’’ and the ‘‘Sandwiched Generation.’’ Recent studies indicate that many U.S. workers would prefer to work shorter hours. For workers who are sandwiched between childcare and eldercare or who expect to be in the future, questions remain about work hour preferences. We use a representative sample and distinguish between currently sandwiched workers and those who expect to be in five years. The proportion of workers who are currently sandwiched has increased from 1992 to 2002. Further, workers who expect to be sandwiched are less likely to want to reduce their workweek hours than others.


Child care; Hours of labor; Intergenerational relations; Older people — Care; Work and family; Workweek


Demography, Population, and Ecology | Family, Life Course, and Society | Work, Economy and Organizations


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Jennifer Reid Keene & Anastasia H. Prokos (2007): The Sandwiched Generation: Multiple Caregiving Responsibilities And The Mismatch Between Actual And Preferred Work, Sociological Spectrum, 27:4, 365-387

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