Changing patterns in parental time use in the UK

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Wishart, Robert; Dunatchik, Allison; Speight, Svetlana
Date of publication
1 March 2019
Families, Children and Young People, Education and Skills, Social Policy, Employment
Social welfare
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The research aims of this briefing paper are to:

  • Analyse how patterns of mothers’ and fathers’ time use have changed in the UK over the past 15 years.

  • Examine the role of individual and household circumstances in how parents use their time.

  • Explore the relationship between time-use patterns and parental wellbeing including parents’ enjoyment of childcare and other activities.

  • Assess the role of flexible working in shaping parental time-use patterns and supporting greater wellbeing.

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