Unpaid care work

Suzanne Bianchi, Nancy Folbre, Douglas Wolf

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Care for family members is a central feature of the human life cycle. Most of us are tenderly cared for as children and hope to be tenderly cared for in old age. In between, most of us provide some care for family members and friends. Current descriptions of unpaid care work tend to focus on one particular demographic group. In this chapter, we examine unpaid care for children, both healthy and with disabilities, and for adults who need personal assistance (because of age-related or other disabilities), emphasizing the features common to both. We discuss both the economic and health correlates of providing care to others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFor Love and Money
Subtitle of host publicationCare Provision in the United States
PublisherRussell Sage Foundation
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9780871543530
StatePublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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