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Margaret B. Neal, Leslie B. Hammer, Ayala Malach Pines, Todd E. Bodner & Melissa L. Cannon

In: The SAGE Handbook of Aging, Work and Society

Chapter 19: Working Caregivers in the ‘Sandwiched Generation’

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Working Caregivers in the ‘Sandwiched Generation’
Working caregivers in the ‘sandwiched generation’
MargaretB.Neal, LeslieB.Hammer, AyalaMalachPines, ToddE.Bodner and MelissaL.Cannon

Many in today's workforce face the responsibilities of not only maintaining their job but also managing family responsibilities. Moreover, some workers are caring for family members at both ends of the life course: children and elders. These employees comprise the ‘sandwich’ or ‘sandwiched’ generation (Chassin, Macy, Seo, Presson, & Sherman, 2010; Durity, 1991; Fernandez, 1990; Grundy & Henretta, 2006; Keene & Prokos, 2007; Miller, 1981; Neal & Hammer, 2007; Nichols & Junk, 1997; Pines, Neal, Hammer & Icekson, 2011; Rosenthal, Martin-Matthews, & Matthews, 1996; Spillman & Pezzin, 2000). The sandwiched generation is metaphor for a unique and understudied group whose members are ‘sandwiched’ between meeting the needs of their ...

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