Effects of Caregiving on Employment and Economic Costs of Chinese Family Caregivers in Canada

  • Daniel W. L. LaiEmail author
  • Wendy Leonenko
Original Paper


A telephone survey with 339 randomly selected Chinese Canadian caregivers examined the employment and economic costs of family caregiving for the elderly. Although the Chinese culture places a strong emphasis on filial obligation, caregiving is not without economic consequences. Caregiver’s age, financial adequacy, and employment, caring for an additional care receiver, and levels of assistance in Activities of Daily Living (ADL), were the predictors for economic costs perceived by family caregivers. Caregiver’s age, caring for an additional care receiver, and care receiver’s financial adequacy were significant predictors for male caregivers. Caregiver’s financial adequacy and higher levels of assistance in ADL were the predictors for female caregivers. Policies to support family caregivers should not just focus on the social aspect, but also the financial needs.


Chinese immigrants Cost of caregiving Family caregiving Financial adequacy 



The authors would like to acknowledge the research funding from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research for this study. Assistance in research and preparation of this manuscript by Erica Chan and Grace Leung is very much appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social WorkThe University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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