The Changing Rhythms of American Family Life
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: Russell Sage Foundation
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Chapter 1: Parenting: How Has It Changed?
The cultural image of the American mother has changed from the cheery, doting homemaker to the frenzied, sleepless working mom. The conventional wisdom accompanying this change is that as today’s mothers juggle the dual roles of worker and family caregiver, they...
Chapter 2: Measuring Family Time
This book takes advantage of a unique social science measurement technique for examining family change: the time diary. Most of what is known about changing family life is based either on small observational studies of unknown generalizability, or on surveys that...
Chapter 3: Changing Workloads: Are Parents Busier?
There has been considerable debate in the United States about what has been happening to work hours over the past two decades. On the one hand are those who argue that total work hours have expanded, driven by consumer aspirations, acquisitions, and debt, as well...
Chapter 4: Parental Time with Children: More or Less?
In 1999, the president’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA 1999) estimated that parents today were spending 22 fewer hours in the home per week compared with 30 years earlier. The CEA arrived at the number by adding the average estimated labor market hours of mothers and...
Chapter 5: Housework, Leisure, Personal Care, Relationships: “What Gives” in Busy Families?
For mothers to spend more time in child care (as well as in market work) since 1965, something has had “to give.” For example, many observers expect that the shift to more paid work has caused mothers to find fewer hours for precious sleep. Others surmise that to...
Chapter 6: Gender Equality, Role Specialization, and “The Second Shift”: What Do Weekly Diaries Show?
Arlie Hoschild (1989) has chronicled the long work days of mothers and the resulting strains in their relationships with their husbands. Working women, who devoted many hours to paid work, came home only to log in many more hours of unpaid work in...
Chapter 7: Feelings About Time: Parental Stress and Time Pressures
We have concentrated on the behavioral or activity component of time in working families—what parents report actually doing with their time. However, busy and overworked are also subjective classifications. How people feel about their time...
Chapter 8: Children’s Time Use: Too Busy or Not Busy Enough?
Our description of the changing American family in earlier chapters has almost entirely centered on adults. Although parents clearly play a major role in organizing and making decisions about family life, most observers would probably agree that from a very...
Chapter 9: Multinational Patterns in Parental Time: How Unique Is the United States?
We have seen that the widespread hypothesis about parents spending less time with children is at odds with the picture of everyday family life that emerges from American time-diary surveys. Here we review parallel diary data from five other Western...
Chapter 10: Mothers’ Time, Fathers’ Time, and Gender Equal Parenting: What Do We Conclude?
The preceding chapters contain three basic claims from our time-diary
evidence. Each is novel and will likely be controversial.
First is that mothers are spending as much time interacting with their children today as forty years ago when they allocated far fewer hours to...
Appendix A: Reliability and Validity of the Time-Diary Approach
Appendix B: Additional Data Sources
Appendix C: Multinational Data
Appendix D: Tables
Page Count: 272
Publication Year: 2006
Series Title: American Sociological Association Rose Series
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