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Daughters spend twice the time caring for elderly parents as sons

Researchers at Princeton University have found a serious gender gap in the amount of care adult children give their elderly parents.

The data comes from a longitudinal study of 26,000 Americans. Daughters spend an average of 12.3 hours a month caring for their parents while sons spend around 5.6 hours. Sons also reduce their relative caregiving efforts when they have a sister, while daughters increase theirs when they have a brother.

Care-givers frequently experience emotional and financial hardship and have a higher mortality rate. Researchers believe this trend exacerbates existing gender inequalities.

Read more at Princeton University

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