In the ageing societies, caring for the elderly is becoming an issue for the possible adverse effects on their caregivers, who are typically women in their late midlife. The aim of this study is to estimate the impact of caring for an old parent (natural and in-law) on the mental health of mature women living in Europe. The individual-level data employed in the analysis is drawn from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (share). Specifically, we use data from Wave 1 and Wave 2, which was collected by personal interviews in 2004 and 2006/07 respectively. Information on caregivers’ mental health status is provided by euro-d depression scale developed and validated by the eurodep Concerted Action Programme as standardized measure of depression across European countries. The analysis is particularly interesting as the sample has been subdivided geographically into three macro-regions, namely, Northern, Central and Southern Europe, which is consistent with two elements: i) the amount of resources devoted to Long Term Care (ltc) systems, and ii) the social and cultural context conditioning family ties in these three European regions. Our results reveal the presence of a North-South gradient in the effect of caring on women’s mental health. Policy implication suggest the need for a revision of the ltc systems in Southern Europe on the model of Northern ones, in order to alleviate the psychological burden carried by over-50 Mediterranean women.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] The influence of informal care on the mental health of women over 50: evidence based on the Euro-D depression scale.|
|Title of host publication||Politiche sociali: studi e ricerche|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
- cure informali, invecchiamento popolazione, donne caregiver, depressione
- informal care, ageing, women caregivers, depression scale