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Time with Children: The Impact of Couples' Work-Time Commitments

Steven L. Nock and Paul William Kingston
Social Forces
Vol. 67, No. 1 (Sep., 1988), pp. 59-85
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2579100
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2579100
Page Count: 27

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Time with Children: The Impact of Couples' Work-Time Commitments
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Abstract

Using detailed time diaries of a 1981 national sample of 226 married couples with children, we analyze the extent of the trade-off between their time commitments to work and time with their children. Parents in single-earner families spend substantially more time with children than their dual-earner counterparts; the overall difference is largely accounted for by the lesser time of employed mothers in activities that involve children only peripherally, not in directly child-oriented activities. Dual-earner couples have lesser parental time with children for the simple fact that they work more as a unit than single-earner couples. Although the wide-spread employment of women has not led to a more directly participative male parental role, work time affects fathers' time with children more than mothers'.

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