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Indiana University
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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Mother's Spend As Much Time With Children as 40 Years Ago

"Despite the surge of women into the work force, mothers are spending at least as much time with their children today as they did 40 years ago, and the amount of child care and housework performed by fathers has sharply increased, researchers say in a new study, based on analysis of thousands of personal diaries. “We might have expected mothers to curtail the time spent caring for their children, but they do not seem to have done so,” said one of the researchers, Suzanne M. Bianchi, chairwoman of the department of sociology at the University of Maryland. “They certainly did curtail the time they spent on housework.”

The researchers found that “women still do twice as much housework and child care as men” in two-parent families. But they said that total hours of work by mothers and fathers were roughly equal, when they counted paid and unpaid work. Using this measure, the researchers found “remarkable gender equality in total workloads,” averaging nearly 65 hours a week." By Robert Pear, N.Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 10-17-06 NVS)

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Wow fantastic information
Since I’m living in Taiwan last 7 years, here mothers, by my opinion spend very little time with their children, since one of them is my wife, any information about ,….

Posted by: Zoran | Nov 21, 2006 10:58:20 AM

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