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Is the grass greener on the other side? The health impact of providing informal care in the UK and the Netherlands

Judith Bom and Jannis Stöckel ()

Social Science & Medicine, 2021, vol. 269, issue C

Abstract: Facing rapidly ageing populations, many Western countries aim to stimulate informal care provision as a way to meet the growing long-term care (LTC) demand. While various studies report the impact of providing informal care on the health of caregivers, it is less clear whether and to what extent this impact differs across countries. Using propensity score matching we match caregivers to similar non-caregiving individuals using four waves of the Dutch Study on Transitions in Employment, Ability and Motivation and the UK Household Longitudinal Study. The samples consist of 8129 Dutch and 7186 UK respondents, among which respectively 1711 and 1713 individuals are identified as caregivers.

Keywords: Informal care; Mental health; Physical health; Propensity score matching; Country comparison (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113562

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