Well-being among employed and non-employed caregiving women in Taiwan


Yueh-Ching Chou, Institute of Health and Welfare Policy, National Yang-Ming University, 155, Li-Nong St., Sec. 2, Peitou, Taipei 11200, Taiwan. E-mail: choucyc@ym.edu.tw


Chou Y-C, Kröger T, Chiao C, Pu C-Y. Well-being among employed and non-employed caregiving women in Taiwan

This study addressed various groups of non-employed/employed and non-caring/caring women in Taiwan. Data from the 2006 National Taiwanese Women Survey (at age 16–64, n= 6,017) were analysed to determine whether there are differences in terms of well-being, as measured by self-rated health and family life satisfaction, between women who work and/or care and between different carer groups. Other factors associated with well-being of carers of young children (n= 1,697) were also analysed. The results showed that non-employed carers of disabled adults stood out as the most disadvantaged group. However, the importance of work has been replaced by support among carers of young children. This study suggests that unpaid carers, particularly carers of disabled adults who are non-employed, ought to be supported by policies. To improve carers' well-being, care–work reconciliation among working-age women needs to be included in the future care scheme in Taiwan.