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The Sandwich Generation refers to individuals who have multiple caregiving responsibilities for children under 18, as well as parents, grandparents or other aging relatives. Employees who are the caregivers cannot help but bring the stress of the situation to the workplace. Existing research suggests that these responsibilities take a toll on caregivers, their family relationships, and on their roles as employees. Consequently, career counselors are in a key position to provide guidance to help members of the Sandwich Generation navigate their multiple commitments to families and employers. This chapter provides suggestions for career counselors working with clients in the Sandwich Generation, including: presenting options for flexibility; coaching clients on ways to negotiate with employers; assisting clients in recognizing new skills learned from these added responsibilities; and helping them to appreciate the values of continually changing roles. (Contains 13 references.) (GCP)

Descriptors: Career Counseling, Counseling Techniques, Family Caregivers, Family Work Relationship, Stress Variables

Autor: Byrd, Virginia


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