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