Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 411–423 | Cite as

Reconsidering the Temporal Increase in Fathers’ Time with Children

  • David J. MaumeEmail author
Original Paper


Using the 1977 Quality of Employment Survey and the 1997 National Study of the Changing Workforce this study showed that the temporal increase in fathers’ time with children was three times larger on non-workdays than workdays. Multivariate analyses revealed that both work (e.g., job autonomy) and family (presence of young children, dependence on wives’ earnings) factors increased men’s time with children. A decomposition analysis showed that changes in men’s behavior accounted for 70% of the temporal increase in fathers’ time with children, and that structural change in work and family life (especially wives’ increased contributions to household income) accounted for the remaining 30%. The implications of these findings and the need for further study of these issues were briefly discussed.


Child care Fatherhood Work-family nexus 



This research was supported by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R03-HD42411-01A1), and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati. I thankfully acknowledge the comments of participants in the workshop series at the University of Chicago’s Sloan Center for Parents, Children, and Work, and the colloquium series at the University of Cincinnati.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kunz Center for Research on Work, Family, & GenderUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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