(2012) Family care-giving for ageing parents in Nigeria: gender differences, cultural imperatives and the role of education

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Uzoma Odera Okoye, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

Caring for an elderly relative, especially in African societies, is usually a task that is reserved for females. This article includes an analysis of the effect of gender in care-giving. Data was collected, using questionnaire and interviews, from 530 adult (40 + years, mostly well-educated) respondents, residing in Nsukka town, Nigeria, who had at least one parent alive. Comparisons were made between the responses of the male and female adult children. The findings showed that adult daughters had more positive general perceptions of care-giving than adult sons and were less likely to see a personal care-giving role as a burden. The findings raise questions about how likely it is that such differences will change and whether they can be affected by lifelong learning provision.

International Journal of Education and Ageing, Vol. 2, No. 2, 139–154, May 2012, ISSN: 2044-5458


gender, care-giving, older people, Nigeria, learning, education

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