ERIC Number: ED424905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Family Responsibilities: How Are They Shared in European Households?
Statistics in Focus: Population and Social Conditions, n5 1997
This newsletter focuses on the division of family responsibilities in European households, which is based on results of the European Community Household Panel, a multi-dimensional survey covering several subjects, including demographic and employment characteristics. The survey was based on a questionnaire adapted by various national data collection units. The sample in the first phase of the survey, conducted in 1994, was 60,500 households totaling about 170,000 people in the 12 European Community member states. Since that time, Austria and Finland joined the project. The findings indicated that of women between 25 and 59 years of age, about one-third described themselves as "housewives," with numbers varying depending on the number of children in the household, the woman's educational level (see Figure 6: "housewives (aged 25-59) by level of education attained-1994"), and the prevailing family model in the society involved. Most women in this age group were economically active, with one-third of employed women working on a part-time basis. Child care remained the women's responsibility, with women who worked full-time spending much more time with their children than men do. It was primarily in Denmark and the Netherlands that women benefited most from help from their partners. (KB)
Descriptors: Caregivers, Child Rearing, Day Care, Employed Parents, Employed Women, Family Role, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, Homemakers, Housework, Mothers, National Surveys, Parent Child Relationship, Spouses, Well Being
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: European Union, Brussels (Belgium). EUROSTAT.