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ERIC Number: EJ794417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0907-5682
"Not Just a Business Transaction": The Logic and Limits of Grandparental Childcare Assistance in Taiwan
Sun, Shirley Hsiao-Li
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v15 n2 p203-224 2008
How does the presence of grandparents in the household impact the gendered division of childcare responsibilities between spouses? How does it compare with market-based care? Drawing on in-depth interview data, this study finds that Taiwanese grandparents treat childcare assistance as their moral responsibility. Mothers express more appreciation for assistance from their own mothers than their mothers-in-law. Fathers appreciate the role of both their parents and their in-laws. The analysis suggests that the character of intergenerational relations is one of the factors mediating the degree to which married women's entrance into the paid labour force results in the perceived childcare deficit. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Taiwan