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AARP Multicultural Survey July 2001

We created an index of these 11 potentially stress-inducing events and situations that many of the sandwich generation members face. We found the greatest incidence of such events among:

  • women

  • lower-income people and the less well-educated

  • blacks and Hispanics

  • those who give care to both their own parents as well as children

We also grouped the 11 events or changes into four categories to determine who is most affected by each type of event. The categories include: children’s passages, illness and death, personal stress, and parental and marital changes.

Children’s passages: Table 14 recounts the responses by demographic trait. In the past year, older members of the cohort, Hispanics, and women are especially likely to have had their children move out of the house, to have adult children move back in, or to have seen children get married or divorced.

Prepared for AARP by Belden Russonello & Stewart and Research/Strategy/Management Page 33

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