ERIC Number: ED245822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
The Working Family.
Social Change in Sweden, n30 May 1984.
The working family is today by far the most common family type in Sweden. However, just over 50 percent of the children of working parents have access to day care. Because Swedish income tax policy is based on the concept that all adults will support themselves and does not take into account the number of persons supported on an income, one parent cannot simply stay home and care for children. Family policy laws recognize a general acceptance of equality between the sexes in the daily care of children. Very generous regulations exist concerning leave for child care, which can be taken by either parent and is paid for not by the employer but by the health insurance system. While presently such parental rights are used far more by women than by men, the people of Sweden are trying to find a new balance of cooperation between men and women in the home and in family life. What is being demanded of young parents today, perhaps excessively, is a new and different competence in developing themselves as professionals, as active members of society, and as responsible and fully engaged parents who share work on an equal basis. The fact that this does not happen without strain is evident. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Swedish Information Service.
Identifiers: Equal Rights; Sweden