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The effect of family eldercare responsibilities on labour market involvement in South Africa and Canada
Pages 18 (4518 words)
Gerontological research nowadays has placed emphasis more often on trends of family or informal care for the elderly in less developed countries.Without the basic social services and assistance the vulnerable elderly in LDCs are a group exposed to significant risk…
Gerontological research nowadays has placed emphasis more often on trends of family or informal care for the elderly in less developed countries (LDCs) Without the basic social services and assistance the vulnerable elderly in LDCs are a group exposed to significant risk. Nevertheless, according to Williams (2000), at present, majority of empirical findings indicate that a significant portion of the elderly population in developing countries depends on their own job or their families as their sole protection at later life periods. One important variable in the subject matter of family elder care is the participation rate of women in the labour force. Globally, the proportion of women in the work force grew significantly between 1970 and 1990 not including sub-Saharan Africa and ex-USSR where it dropped to some extent (Mueller 2000, 2). Former USSR, sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern and Southeast Asia have the highest rates whereas Southern and Western Asia and North Africa have the lowest (Mueller 2000, 2-3). The rate of women’s labour force involvement may be indicative of the level of eldercare responsibility placed on women. A. Objective of the Research This study will try to compare the influence of family eldercare on the labour market, specifically the involvement of women in the work force, of South Africa (developing country) and Canada (developed country). ...
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