Attitudes Toward Spousal Caregiving in Late Adulthood: Retirement versus Pre-Retirement Phase

Liat Kulik

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Abstract

The study dealt with differences in attitudes toward spousal caregiving among pre-retired (n = 269) versus retired (n = 250) Israelis. Attitudes toward spousal caregiving at times of illness were examined from three perspectives: Commitment to caregiving, perceived harmful effects of caregiving, and delegation of responsibility for caregiving. Compared with the pre-retired group, the retirees revealed higher levels of commitment and showed less of a tendency to delegate responsibility for caregiving. At the same time, they perceived caregiving as having more harmful effects. In addition, different variables were found to explain these attitudes among both groups of participants. Among the pre-retired participants, equality in household tasks contributed most toward explaining commitment to spousal caregiving. Among the retired participants, in contrast, past assistance from the spouse was one of the most significant variables. For both groups of participants, past assistance from the spouse and equality in division of household tasks were the best predictors of perceived harmful effects. With regard to delegating responsibility for caregiving, the most salient variables among both groups of participants were marital tension and equality in division of household tasks. No gender-based differences were found in attitudes toward caregiving.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-57
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 5 Nov 2001

Keywords

  • Attitudes toward spousal caregiving
  • Equality in division of household tasks
  • Marital power relations
  • Quality of marriage
  • Spousal caregiving
  • Spousal resources

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