The study of caregiving has typically focused on caring for children. But there are many others in need of care, too, including the growing population of elderly people, and the seriously ill and disabled. Who does this care work? Gender differences are well known, but are there civil status differences as well? How does the work of caregiving change the lives of the people who do it? Who does informal and formal volunteer work? Is American society becoming more individualistic and less committed to community? It may seem intuitive that as the number of singles increases, so too does individualism. But is that really so? It is possible that singles differ from people who are coupled in that they do not orient so exclusively to just one other adult; if instead, singles maintain larger or more diverse networks, or maintain their ties with others more consistently, then perhaps the intuitive conclusion is not quite true.
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Website with data about volunteering:www.independentsector.org
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