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sandwich generation

Definition of Sandwich Generation

(noun) A generation of people who must simultaneously care for their children and their elderly parents.

Example of Sandwich Generation

Etymology of Sandwich Generation

Sandwich Generation Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: sand·wich gen·er·a·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /sAnd-wich jen-uhr-rAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /sAn-wij je-nuh-rAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈsændwɪʧ ˌʤɛnəˈreɪʃən/
  • British English – /ˈsænwɪʤ ˌʤɛnəˈreɪʃən/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: sandwich generations
  • In some cultures and societies, particularly those with extended families, this is the norm and with the increase in life expectancy occurring around the globe, sandwich generations will become more common.
  • A type of generation.

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Works Consulted

Encyclopædia Britannica. (N.d.) Britannica Digital Learning. (https://britannicalearn.com/).

Ferris, Kerry, and Jill Stein. 2010. The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology. 2nd ed. New York: Norton.

Henslin, James M. 2012. Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. 10th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Kimmel, Michael S., and Amy Aronson. 2012. Sociology Now. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Schaefer, Richard. 2013. Sociology: A Brief Introduction. 10th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Scott, John, and Gordon Marshall. 2005. A Dictionary of Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Shepard, Jon M. 2010. Sociology. 11th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Cite the Definition of Sandwich Generation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “sandwich generation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 18, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/sandwich-generation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

sandwich generation. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/sandwich-generation/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “sandwich generation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 18, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/sandwich-generation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“sandwich generation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 18 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sandwich-generation/>.