This article was edited by Deborah S. Carr.
Pathways of Adult Children Providing Care to Older Parents
Article first published online: 16 JAN 2013
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2013
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 75, Issue 1, pages 178–190, February 2013
How to Cite
Barnett, A. E. (2013), Pathways of Adult Children Providing Care to Older Parents. Journal of Marriage and Family, 75: 178–190. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.01022.x
- Issue published online: 16 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 16 JAN 2013
- Health and Retirement Study;
- latent class analysis;
- life course
Guided by life course and stress process theory, this study investigated pathways of adult child caregivers' family (caregiving, marital, parenting) and nonfamily (employment) roles. Eight waves of data from the Health and Retirement Study were analyzed for 1,300 adult child caregivers. Latent class analysis provided strong evidence for a 4-class model of caregivers' role pathways. The four pathways were (a) Not-Married, Early-Transition to Not-Working Caregivers (34%), (b) Married, Not-Working Caregivers (26%), (c) Married, Late-Transition to Not-Working Caregivers (23%), and (d) Married, Not-Working Caregivers with Coresiding Child (17%). Caregivers' background characteristics and contexts predicted pathway membership. Adult child caregivers have structurally diverse life pathways that have implications for theory, research, and practice.