Department of Sociology and Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 (email@example.com).
Help to Family and Friends: Are There Gender Differences at Older Ages?
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2011
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 73, Issue 1, pages 77–92, February 2011
How to Cite
Kahn, J. R., McGill, B. S. and Bianchi, S. M. (2011), Help to Family and Friends: Are There Gender Differences at Older Ages?. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73: 77–92. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00790.x
Department of Sociology and California Center for Population Research, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1551 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
- informal support;
- intergenerational support;
This article uses recent data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (N = 5,220) to explore gender differences in the extent to which adults in their 50s and 60s provide informal help to their adult children, elderly parents, and friends. We find that both men and women report very high levels of helping kin and nonkin alike, although women do more to assist elderly parents, and women provide much more emotional support to others than do men. Men provide more assistance than women with housework, yard work, and repairs. As they retire from the workforce, married men become significantly more involved in the care of their grandchildren, which virtually eliminates any gender difference by the time they are in their 60s.