Lifestyles

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 71–88

The effect of homemaker's employment status on children's time allocation in single- and two-parent families

  • Rosemary J. Key
  • Margaret Mietus Sanik
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00986942

Cite this article as:
Key, R.J. & Sanik, M.M. J Fam Econ Iss (1990) 11: 71. doi:10.1007/BF00986942

Abstract

This study compares the effect of homemaker's employment status on children's time allocation in single- and two-parent families. Specifically under investigation is the effect of living in a family in which the mother is employed professionally, employed non-professionally, or not employed outside the home on older child's time allocated to household work, school work, and recreation in single- and two-parent families. Age and sex of older children and constraints on their time, such as school attendance, are controlled for in the analysis. The data are from a California study. A two-step multiple regression procedure is used. The effect of homemaker's employment status on older child's time allocated to household work, school work, and recreation is not found to differ by family structure. Homemaker's employment status does not explain a significant amount of variance in older child's time allocation.

Key words

ChildrenHomemaker's EmploymentSingle-Parent FamiliesTwo-Parent Families

Copyright information

© Human Sciences Press 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosemary J. Key
    • 1
  • Margaret Mietus Sanik
    • 2
  1. 1.Cornell UniversityUSA
  2. 2.The Ohio State UniversityUSA