The Sandwich Generation
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The Sandwich Generation

Caring for Oneself and Others at Home and at Work

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Lisa M. Calvano

Rising life expectancy has led to the growth of the ‘Sandwich Generation’ – men and women who are caregivers to their children of varying ages as well as for one or both parents whilst still managing their own household and work responsibilities. This book considers both the strains and benefits of this position.
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Chapter 5: Resource effects in the caregiving process

Claire E. Greaves, Stacey L. Parker, Hannes Zacher and Nerina L. Jimmieson

Abstract

Owing to an aging population, as well as delays to childbirth, a growing number of employees are providing informal care to both children and frail family members. There are a number of ways employees leverage their resources to manage their competing work and family caregiving responsibilities, and to protect their well-being. To better understand how resources are utilized in this context, the authors present a taxonomy of resource effects that categorizes different ways resources can combine to protect employee well-being. Moreover, in this chapter they describe potential explanatory mechanisms of different resource effects and offer boundary conditions for resource interactions. This chapter consolidates and reviews empirical studies that have examined different resource combinations in the work and caregiving literature, and identifies a number of resource effects, including resource buffering, resource gain and loss, resource spirals, and two types of resource interactions—boosting and compensation. Limitations and directions for future research are identified, to develop the field further. Key words: caregiving, eldercare, childcare, resources, work–family conflict, work–family enrichment, well-being.

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