Employees’ eldercare demands, strain, and perceived support

Zacher, Hannes and Schulz, Heiko (2015) Employees’ eldercare demands, strain, and perceived support. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 30 2: 183-198. doi:10.1108/JMP-06-2013-0157

Author Zacher, Hannes
Schulz, Heiko
Title Employees’ eldercare demands, strain, and perceived support
Journal name Journal of Managerial Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0268-3946
Publication date 2015-03-09
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/JMP-06-2013-0157
Open Access Status
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 183
End page 198
Total pages 16
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
– In many countries, both the number of older people in need of care and the number of employed caregivers of elderly relatives will increase over the next decades. The purpose of this paper is to examine the extent to which perceived organizational, supervisor, and coworker support for eldercare reduce employed caregivers’ strain and weaken the relationship between eldercare demands and strain.

– Survey data were collected from 100 employed caregivers from one organization.

– Results showed that eldercare demands were positively related to strain, and perceived organizational eldercare support (POES) was negatively related to strain. In addition, high POES weakened the relationship between eldercare demands and strain.

Research limitations/implications
– The cross-sectional design and use of self-report scales constitute limitations of the study.

Practical implications
– POES is a resource for employed caregivers, especially when their eldercare demands are high.

– This research highlights the relative importance of different forms of perceived support for reducing employed caregivers’ strain and weakening the relationship between eldercare demands and strain.
Keyword Role conflict
Work-family issues
Family life
Family roles
Older workers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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