Employers' knowledge and attitudes regarding organizational policy toward workers caring for aging family members

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The study examined employers' knowledge of and attitudes toward working carers who care for aging family members. The study was based on the ecological model. One hundred employers were interviewed using structured questionnaires and 13 employers by additional in-depth interviews. Both research instruments included areas of disruption to the organization, existing policies, and feasibility as to developing appropriate policies to support working carers. Results show that caregiving caused a disruption in workers' functioning mainly by being absent, leaving work early, and coming to work late. Usually, there was "no policy," and half of the employers did not support introducing such a policy. Women managers in public organizations, who had less seniority and less previous experience with working-carers, tended to be more positive about supportive policies. Recommendations are included.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-181
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011

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Received June 15, 2009; revised June 15, 2010; accepted August 15, 2010. This study was supported by the Israeli National Insurance Institute, grant no. 3298. Address correspondence to Ruth Katz, PhD, Department of Humans Services and Center for Research & Study of Aging, University of Haifa, Mt. Carmel, 31905, Israel. E-mail: ruth@soc.haifa.acil


  • Eldercare
  • Employers
  • Israel
  • Organization policy
  • Working carers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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