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Redressing Inequity in Parent Care Among Siblings

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Ingersoll-Dayton, Berit, M.B. Neal, Jung-Hwa Ha, and L.B. Hammer. 2003. "Redressing Inequity in Parent Care Among Siblings." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 65(1): 201-212.

When inequities occur in the division of labor among adult siblings caring for older parents, conflict may result. This paper uses equity theory as a framework for understanding the processes used by siblings to rectify imbalances in their parental responsibilities. The study is based on a sample of 40 focus group participants who described caregiving relationships among siblings. Consistent with equity theory, these participants used two approaches to redress inequities in their sibling caregiving relationships: requesting behavioral changes from siblings and making cognitive changes. The findings suggest that these two approaches can result in more perceived equity, but may also lead to even greater perceived inequity and distress.

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