ERIC Number: EJ912234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Parental Work Demands and Parent-Child, Family, and Couple Leisure in Dutch Families: What Gives?
Roeters, Anne; Treas, Judith K.
Journal of Family Issues, v32 n3 p269-291 Mar 2011
This study uses data on 898 Dutch couples with minor children to examine whether parental work demands are related differently to one-on-one parent-child, family, and couple leisure activities. The authors presume that the impact of working hours and work arrangements is smaller on activities that are prioritized highly and that are easier and more efficient to organize. A seemingly unrelated regression model and "t" tests show that the effects of the fathers' working hours are similar for all types of family leisure. In contrast, for mothers, demanding earner types affect one-on-one mother-child leisure more than family leisure. Mothers may prioritize family leisure because of the high utility of these activities and because this is an efficient way to organize family interaction. Moreover, the authors find that couples in full-time/full-time arrangements participate more in couple leisure than single earner couples. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Working Hours, Mothers, Foreign Countries, Child Rearing, Family Work Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, Leisure Time, Marital Satisfaction, Work Environment, Regression (Statistics), Fathers, Gender Differences, Employment Level, Educational Attainment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands