Project Project
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Who`s going to take care of grandma? An application of respondent-driven sampling to the home-based elderly care sector

Research Fields
Labor and Labor Market
Welfare State and Social Inequality
Project Management
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kohler
01.08.2017 to 31.07.2019
Fördernetzwerk Interdisziplinäre Sozialforschung
Potsdam University

The need for paid nursing care is growing with the increasing number of elderly people. However, employment in the field of home care sector is precarious; incomes are low and the reportedly high prevalence of irregular and informal employment are undermining the central principles of the welfare state. This research project therefore pursues two goals. First, we will investigate the life situations and motivational structures of people working in the field of (informal) home care and nursing. To do so we will use a standardized survey.

Second, we employ a  "respondent-driven sampling" approach (RDS) in order deal with the problem of difficult to access (informal) employees in the field of home care. RDS allows us to draw a sample of rare and difficult to reach populations, so that we can draw statistically valid generalizations about our target population. Since RDS has rarely been applied in Germany, the project’s methodological insights can be used in other areas of social policy research as well as in political science and sociology in general.