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Table 1 Characteristics of care strategies

From: Taking Turns or Halving It All: Care Trajectories of Dual-Caring Couples

   Percent Average number of months across clusters
Mother primary caregiver Father primary caregiver Shared caregiving Total in primary parental care Percentage of fathers solo-caring for 2 consecutive monthsa Fathers’ share of paid parental leave days
  1. Dual primary care
  1a. Sequential solo-care
1 Short parental care 5.0 8.3 4.4 1.2 13.9 99.1 36.3
2 Medium parental care 1 8.7 9.0 6.0 1.2 16.2 99.5 40.3
3 Medium parental care 2 11.5 11.1 5.1 1.1 17.4 100.0 34.2
4 Medium parental care 3 6.9 13.6 2.5 2.0 18.0 66.9 18.3
  Total ‘Sequential solo-care’ 32.0 10.6 4.7 1.3 16.7 92.6 32.8
  1b. Alternating solo-care
5 Short parental care 5.3 8.9 0.6 4.9 14.5 16.7 18.4
6 Medium parental care 1 2.9 7.5 2.9 8.3 18.7 51.6 33.7
7 Medium parental care 2 2.0 3.5 1.6 10.9 16.0 34.9 35.2
  Total ‘Alternating solo-care’ 10.1 7.5 1.4 7.1 16.0 30.1 26.0
  Total ‘Dual primary care’ 42.2 9.8 3.9 2.7 16.5 77.6 31.2
  2. Mother primary care
8 Very short parental care 3.5 8.1 0.1 0.3 8.6 2.6 9.0
9 Short parental care 24.1 12.7 0.1 0.5 13.3 4.0 5.2
10 Medium parental care 17.7 16.0 0.6 1.0 17.6 15.2 6.2
11 Long parental care 3.7 18.3 0.8 2.9 21.9 19.0 9.9
  Total ‘Mother primary care’ 48.9 14.0 0.3 0.9 15.2 9.0 6.2
  1. aNote that the caring period is in most cases longer than 2 months if it starts or ends at any other time than at the turn of the month