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Couples’ daily childcare schedules: gendered patterns and variations

Henz, Ursula (2020) Couples’ daily childcare schedules: gendered patterns and variations. Families, Relationships and Societies: An International Journal of Research and Debate. ISSN 2046-7435

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Identification Number: 10.1332/204674320X15979442575464


Gender inequality of childcare provision is regarded as one of the main barriers to women’s labour-market careers. However, there is a scarcity of quantitative studies that examine fathers’ and mothers’ combined childcare. This research focuses on father’s and mother’s timing and type of childcare for co-resident couples with a young child. Using the two most recent UK Time-Use Surveys, the study derives typologies of couples’ childcare patterns with a particular focus on gender differences. The five patterns on weekdays and three patterns on weekend days highlight gender inequalities not just in the duration of parents’ time with their children but also in its timing. Mothers are more often than fathers involved during standard working hours. The childcare patterns vary only modestly by occupational class. This might be related to the fluidity of couples’ daily childcare patterns, which change with children’s ages and across days of the working week.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2020 Policy Press
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2020 10:45
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 03:07

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