Part 2 of 5: Family Change and Time Allocation in American Families

Today we’re continuing our special series of posts on Work-Life Balance. We hope you find the series insightful and thought-provoking.

The November 2011 special issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science was edited by Kathleen Christensen and Barbara Schneider under the theme of “Work, Family, and Workplace Flexibility.”

The lead article, “Family Change and Time Allocation in American Families,” was published by Suzanne M. Bianchi.

The abstract:

Delayed marriage and childbearing, more births outside marriage, the increase in women’s labor force participation, and the aging of the population have altered family life and created new challenges for those with caregiving demands. U.S. mothers have shed hours of housework but not the hours they devote to childrearing. Fathers have increased the time they spend on childcare. Intensive childrearing practices combine with more dualearning and single parenting to increase the time demands on parents. Mothers continue to scale back paid work to meet childrearing demands. They also give up leisure time and report that they “are always rushed” and are “multitasking most of the time.” Time-stretched working couples reduce the time they spend with each other. A large percentage of both husbands and wives also report they have “too little time” for themselves. Delayed childbearing and the aging population also increase the likelihood that both (adult) children and elderly parents need support and care from workers later in life.

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