Study investigates perceptions of caring roles

Male and female carers agree that men are just as good at caring as women

Male and female carers agree that men are just as good at caring as women

National charity Revitalise have released the results of a study which investigates perceptions of gender bias in regards to the roles of unpaid carers.  The results show that although 4 out of 10 of the UKs unpaid carers are male – there appears to be a feeling among female carers that society expects them to step into to a caring role ahead of a man in an equivalent position.

This study does not cover whether men or women make better carers – but focuses on the perceptions of carers and non-carers, as to whether gender has a significant effect on someone’s inclination to take up a caring role.

The Revitalise survey also painted a stark picture of the plight of the UK’s unpaid carers, both male and female. Half (48%) of the carers who responded to the survey – 83% of whom were 50 or over – said they provided 24/7 care for a loved one, yet over a third (34%) said they had never had any significant time away since they started caring.

Link: http://revitalise.org.uk/latest-releases/women-bearing-brunt-of-caring-finds-revitalise/