Family Change and Time Allocation in American Families

Family Change and Time Allocation in American Families
By: Suzanne M. Bianchi
Source: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/Focus on Workplace Flexibility

Abstract:
In this paper, I briefly discuss family demographic changes. Then I use the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) and the historical time diary studies in the U.S. to document trends in parents’ time spent in paid work, housework and childcare. I also describe the activities parents forego in order to meet work and family demands. Finally, I discuss time devoted to adult care and help given to adult children, elderly parents, and friends later in the life course.

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