Sandwiched Generation


  • Leslie Hammer
  • Margaret Neal

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2002


  • Childcare
  • Dependent Care
  • Eldercare
  • Roles
  • Work and Family


  • Psychology


The “sandwiched generation” typically refers to parents who are involved in caring both for dependent children and aging parents (Durity, 1991; Ingersoll-Dayton, Neal, & Hammer, 2001; Raphael and Schlesinger, 1993). These individuals have been dubbed the “sandwiched generation” (Fernandez, 1990; Miller, 1981; Nichols & Junk, 1997; Rosenthal, Martin-Matthews, & Matthews, 1996), in that they are sandwiched between the needs of their children and their parents, and often, their jobs.

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