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Dual-earner parents' work-family time: The effects of atypical work patterns and non-parental childcare

L Craig, A Powell

Journal of Population Research | Springer | Published : 2012


Finding time to both earn money and raise children is demanding. Within the constraints and opportunities of their employment and social policies affecting work and family, parents seeking to manage their time may use a number of strategies. For example, they can outsource childcare or adopt atypical work patterns: non-standard work schedules, self employment, working from home. In this paper we compare the effects of these measures on the household time use and gender division of labour of dual-earner couples with children, using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Time Use Survey, 2006 (n = 772 couples). We find that these strategies do help households manage their work and famil..

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