Friday, April 13, 2007

Dads increase time with children, housework

Dads increase time with children, housework


A comprehensive study of “time diaries” by researchers from the University of Maryland shows that fathers have increased their child-care work from 2.5 hours a week in 1965 to seven hours a week in 2003. There is a similar trend with housework: Dads did 4.4 hours a week in 1965 and 9.6 hours a week in 2003.

Perhaps even more striking, the total workloads of married mothers and fathers – when paid work is added to child care and housework – is roughly equal, at 65 hours a week for mothers and 64 hours for fathers.

“It’s not the case that men are slugs,” said William Doherty, a family studies professor at the University of Minnesota who has done several studies on fatherhood. “It’s a new generation of fathers, and they are internalizing some of the very high expectations that mothers have.”

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Blogger Teri said...

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Anonymous Tekin said...

I think time commitment towards kids is not a gender issue. It depends upon the personality, situations, expectations and priorities of parents. Parents are sharing responsibilities because of the increasing workload inside and outside home. The definition of fathers as a breadwinner has also changed. Property in divorce is no longer a gender issue (even men can claim for their wives property) so the child care perspective is definite to change.

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