Research Programme

Reciprocity of care between parents and adult children: the impact of caring on employment.

Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham, Athina Vlachantoni, Madelin Gomez-Leon 

Project Summary

With rising longevity it is at older ages that individuals start to experience limitations in their activities of daily living, increasing their need for social care. Previous research has highlighted the central role of the family in providing this informal care, particularly from one’s spouse or adult children. For adult children the likelihood of being a caregiver peaks between ages 45-64. With increasing caregiving responsibilities, adult child carers’ ability to participate in the labour market may be affected, as there is a time constraint on their capacity to take up multiple roles. This research contributes to the literature by examining the association between employment and caregiving using longitudinal data from the UK.

Project activities

Date Activity Description
14 November 2016 Seminar presentation as part of the "Care Conversations" seminar series held at the University of Oxford. Athina Vlachantoni presented the seminar titled "Inequality in Access to Social Care in England".
12-14 September 2016 Presentation at the 2016 BSPS Conference held at the University of Winchester. The paper titled “The dynamics of social care and paid work in mid-life” by Madelin Gomez-Leon, Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham and Athina Vlachantoni was presented at this event.
6-8 July 2016 Presentation at the 45th Annual BSG Conference 2016 held at the University of Stirling The paper titled "Reciprocity between adult children and older parents over lifecourse" by Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham, Madelin Gomez-Leon and Athina Vlachantoni was presented at this event.


Evandrou, M., Falkingham, J., Gomez-Leon, M. and Vlachantoni, A. (2016) Intergenerational flows of support between parents and adult children in Britain. Ageing & Society, (Online First View).

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