Parenthood and Domestic Work: A Never-Ending Workload

  • Giulia Maria Dotti SaniEmail author
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This chapter focuses on parents of children up to 14 years old. According to previous literature, during this life stage gender inequalities in housework are the most acute. The findings show that virtually all mothers do at least 10 min of housework on the diary day, against approximatively 75% of fathers. The results for typically female tasks are even more extreme and reveal just how much Italian parents specialize in terms of home production, with women bearing most of the responsibility. The findings also show that mothers spend more time taking care of their children than fathers. An interesting result in this respect is that mothers are mostly responsible for the routine care and for helping children with homework, whereas fathers are more likely to undertake the most enjoyable part: playing with their children. Finally, the chapter engages with adult care, revealing that this activity is not very common in this age group and shows only minor gender differences in this respect.


Domestic work Housework Childcare Adult care Children Gender differences Parents Fathers Mothers Motherhood Fatherhood Life course Italy Italian Time Use Survey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European University InstituteSan Domenico di FiesoleItaly

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