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Changing Patterns in Parental Time Use and Their Implications for Parental Wellbeing

Parental Time Use
Published: March 2019

Exploring how patterns of parental time use have changed in the UK over the past 15 years.

Aims

The research aims of the study 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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Methods

The study uses time use diary data from the 2000/01 and 2014/15 United Kingdom Time Use Surveys. This is a largescale household survey that collects data on respondents’ time use in 10-minute intervals, as well as recording respondents’ enjoyment of each activity and their general wellbeing.

This study is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of their Secondary Data Analysis Initiative. NatCen is carrying out this study in partnership with Working Families and  Professor Oriel Sullivan (Co-Director of the Centre for Time Use Research, University of Oxford)