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Parenthood, Gender and Work-Family Time in the United States, Australia, Italy, France, and Denmark

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Research has associated parenthood with greater daily time commitments for fathers and mothers than for childless men and women, and with deeper gendered division of labor in households. How do these outcomes vary across countries with different average employment hours, family and social policies, and cultural attitudes to family care provision? Using nationally representative time-use data from the United States, Australia, Italy, France, and Denmark (N = 5,337), we compare the paid and unpaid work of childless partnered adults and parents of young children in each country. Couples were matched (except for the United States). We found parents have higher, less gender-equal workloads than nonparents in all five countries, but overall time commitments and the difference by parenthood status were most pronounced in the United States and Australia.
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Keywords: gender; paid work; parenthood; time use; unpaid family work; work-family balance

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of New South Wales

Publication date: October 1, 2010

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