Employees’ eldercare demands, strain, and perceived support

Zacher, Hannes & Schulz, Heiko (2015) Employees’ eldercare demands, strain, and perceived support. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 30(2), pp. 183-198.

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In many countries, both the number of older people in need of care and the number of employed caregivers of elderly relatives will increase over the next decades. The purpose of this paper is to examine the extent to which perceived organizational, supervisor, and coworker support for eldercare reduce employed caregivers’ strain and weaken the relationship between eldercare demands and strain.


Survey data were collected from 100 employed caregivers from one organization.


Results showed that eldercare demands were positively related to strain, and perceived organizational eldercare support (POES) was negatively related to strain. In addition, high POES weakened the relationship between eldercare demands and strain.

Research limitations/implications

The cross-sectional design and use of self-report scales constitute limitations of the study.

Practical implications

POES is a resource for employed caregivers, especially when their eldercare demands are high.


This research highlights the relative importance of different forms of perceived support for reducing employed caregivers’ strain and weakening the relationship between eldercare demands and strain.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 92343
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Role conflict, Family, Work-family issues, Family life, Family roles, Older workers
DOI: 10.1108/JMP-06-2013-0157
ISSN: 0268-3946
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Deposited On: 28 Jan 2016 23:40
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2016 21:22

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