The Lifecourse Stages methodology suggests that time budget data should be analysed according to the major stages of the typical person’s life. There is no standard set of stages, so a researcher has to define a set that is suitable for the task at hand. For the study of time use, a partition into four stages appears to offer a practical way to proceed. These stages are (i) Single, no dependents; (ii) Married, no children; (iii) Married with children; and (iv) Lone parents.
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