Journal article

Grandparental childcare in Australia: gender differences in the correlates of providing regular grandparental care while parents work

Lyn Craig, Bridget Jenkins

Community, Work and Family | Routledge Journals, Taylor and Francis | Published : 2016


Grandparents’ regular care for children while parents work has been mostly studied from the parental perspective. This paper focuses on the grandparents. Using the Australian Bureau of Statistics Time Use Survey 2006 (N=7,672) we investigate regular-caring grandparents’ demographic characteristics, which childcare activities they undertake, and how regular childcare provision relates to their time in other activities, subjective time pressure and satisfaction. Results indicate the correlates and nature of regular care differ by gender. Regular and non-regular caring grandmothers’ relative time allocation to different childcare tasks barely differs, while regular-caring grandfathers’ care inc..

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