Parents' time with a partner in cross-national context : a comparison of the US, Spain, and France
Garcia Roman, Joan (University of Minnesota)
Genadek, Kathie R. (University of Minnesota)
Flood, Sarah M. (University of Minnesota)

Data: 2017
Resum: BACKGROUND. - Time shared with a partner is an indicator of marital well-being and couples' want to spend time together. However, time spent with a partner depends on work and family arrangements as well as on the policies, norms, and values that prevail in society. In contrast to time spent with children, couples' shared time is underresearched in a crossnational context. Previous studies from specific countries show that dual-earner couples spend less time together and that parents spend less time alone with each other. OBJECTIVE. - The aim of our study is to investigate partnered parents' shared time across countries to understand how social conditions, cultural norms, and policy contexts are related to the amount and nature of couples' shared time. Specifically, we compare time spent with a partner in the United States, France, and Spain. METHODS. - Studying data from national time use surveys conducted in the United States, France, and Spain, we extract information about who undertakes certain activities in order to examine three types of time shared with a partner for parents with children under age 10: total time with a partner indicates the minutes per day spent in the presence of a partner, exclusive time corresponds to the minutes per day spent alone with a partner when no one else is present, and family time indicates the minutes per day spent with a partner and a child at the same time. RESULTS. - Our results show that US couples spend the least time together and Spanish couples spend the most time together. Parents in France spend the most time alone with each other. The most striking difference across countries is in time with a partner and children, which is much higher among Spanish families. CONCLUSION. - The constraints of paid work explain a small part of the differences in couples' shared time observed between countries. Differences in couples' shared time across countries seem to be related to social norms surrounding family and general time use.
Nota: This study was supported by the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota (HD041023) and the Data Extract Builder of the American Time Use Survey (University of Maryland, HD053654), both funded through grants from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
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Llengua: Anglès
Document: Article ; recerca ; Versió publicada
Matèria: Cross national research ; Family time ; Paid work ; Parenthood ; Time use
Publicat a: Demographic research, Vol. 36 Núm. 4 (2017) , p. 111-144, ISSN 1435-9871

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