Parental work schedules and children’s daily activities: evidence from Spain
Title: Parental work schedules and children’s daily activities: evidence from Spain
Series/Number: EUI MWP; 2016/16
This study uses data from the 'Spanish Time Use Survey' (2009-2010) on two-parent families with children aged 10-16 (N = 593) to analyse the links between parental work schedules and children's activities with developmental implications. Spain is a particularly interesting case as working during evening hours is highly institutionalised for parents. Results reveal that mothers' evening work hours are associated with a reduction in children’s time spent on family activities and on educational activities, and with an increase in time spent watching television and doing electronic activities without their parents. However, the associations between maternal evening work hours and children’s activities generally apply only to children with less-educated mothers, not to children with highlyeducated mothers. Fathers' work schedules have generally insignificant associations with children's time use. Overall, the study suggests that parental work schedules, parents' gender, and social background intersect in influencing children's activities, with key implications for their present and future wellbeing.
Subject: Work schedules; Children; Work-family balance; Time use
Previous versions of this paper were presented at the EUI ‘Sociology Inequality Group Seminars’ (December 2015; Florence, Italy), the EUI ‘IEEL Seminars’ (February 2016; Florence, Italy), and WZB workshop ‘The New Economy and Challenges for Family Life’ (May 2016; Berlin, Germany).
Type of Access: openAccess