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AARP Multicultural Survey July 2001

3. Effects on Relationships

Finally, we also wanted to know whether caregiving affects the relationships that older baby boomers have with their other family members, friends, and co- workers. Between 10 and 20 percent report that care demands place at least some stress on their relationships with other important people in their lives.

The results, reported in figure 13 and tables 41 through 46, show that caregiving clearly exerts more stress on family relationships than on work associations and friendships. One-fifth of the sandwich generation say that caring for older people has caused some stress on their relationships with their own spouses; 18 percent note stress on their sibling relationships, 16 percent on parent and in-law relationships, and 15 percent on their relationships with their own children. Asian American caregivers consistently report the highest degree of stressful impacts on all their relationships. Women caregivers indicate higher levels of stress on their relationships with their own children and siblings. Twenty-nine percent of older boomers who live with their parents or in-laws believe that caring for them has caused at least some stress on relationships. Still, two-thirds say the situation is not stressful.

Prepared for AARP by Belden Russonello & Stewart and Research/Strategy/Management Page 76

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