Journal article

Shared parent-child leisure time in four countries

Lyn Craig, Killian Mullan

Leisure Studies | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2012

Abstract

Sharing leisure experiences is thought to promote family bonding and communication, and foster children's intellectual, social and psychological development. Such time is 'purposive', and requires planning, organisation and maintenance, usually from the mother. Do parents and children spend more time in shared leisure together in countries where mothers do more childcare and spend longer each day with children? Using time use data we compare shared parent-child shared leisure time in four countries with different maternal work-force participation and attitudes to substitute childcare and child-raising: USA, Australia, Denmark and France. We create harmonised measures of leisure time mothers ..

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