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Daughters Twice as Likely to Care for Elderly Parents than Sons
by Meg Duley,posted Aug 20 2014 4:24AM
All parents imagine their children taking care of them as they grow older, but a new study reveals that daughters spend more time caring for their elderly parents than sons. Daughters were found to provide an average of 12.3 hours of care to their elderly parents each month, while sons averaged just 5.6 hours.
Additionally, sons were found to reduce their care-giving efforts when they had a sister to put the work on. Study author Dr. Angelina Grigoryeva adds, "'The U.S. has been gradually becoming a more gender egalitarian society since the 1970s, my study shows gender inequality remains acute when it comes to elderly parent care."