The Double Burden of Care in Hong Kong: Implications for Care Policies and Arrangements

  • Raymond K. H. Chan
  • Priscilla Y. K. Wong
Part of the Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies book series (Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies)


The concept of a double burden of care, in this case, refers to the burden of caring for the older generation (parents) as well as the younger (children) simultaneously. While previous studies have focused on the impact of these two types of care separately, this chapter examines the burden of those responsible for both types of care. Based on survey data collected in Hong Kong from late 2013 to early 2014, the chapter offers an account of the level of stress and the concerns of those providing care. It was found that their stress levels were not particularly alarming, largely due to the good health of the caregivers and care receivers. However, there were concerns about the adequacy of and hence expectations regarding public services.



This study formed part of a comparative study of the double burden of care in East Asia that, under the research project title “A Comparative Study of Double Responsibilities of Care in East Asia,” was funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Scientific Research [B]: No. 24310192), and by the Centre for Economic and Social Studies in Asia (CESSA) at Yokohama National University. The author would like to thank Junko Yamashita and Naoko Soma for their work coordinating the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond K. H. Chan
    • 1
  • Priscilla Y. K. Wong
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied Social SciencesCity University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong
  2. 2.Hong Kong Women’s Club Madam Wong Chan Sook Ying Memorial Care and Attention Home for the AgedKowloonHong Kong

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