Non-standard employment and fathers’ participation in household labour

Hewitt, Belinda, Baxter, Janeen and Mieklejohn, Cameron (2012) Non-standard employment and fathers’ participation in household labour. Journal of Family Studies, 18 2-3: 175-186. doi:10.5172/jfs.2012.18.2-3.175

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Author Hewitt, Belinda
Baxter, Janeen
Mieklejohn, Cameron
Title Non-standard employment and fathers’ participation in household labour
Journal name Journal of Family Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-9400
Publication date 2012-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5172/jfs.2012.18.2-3.175
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Issue 2-3
Start page 175
End page 186
Total pages 12
Place of publication Maleny, Qld., Australia
Publisher eContent Management
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This paper examines the ways in which non-standard employment conditions of fathers and their partners are associated with the time fathers spend in household labour caring for children and doing housework. The data come from a national telephone survey conducted in 2010 with a unique purposive sample of 300 fathers who contributed at least 30 per cent to the total time spent in household labour. We find that fathers who worked irregular hours, night shifts or took work home on a regular basis spent more time doing housework tasks than fathers without these employment conditions. Further, fathers' whose partners worked weekends, nights or travelled for work did more housework and childcare than fathers' with partners without these work schedules. We conclude that non-standard employment may provide an opportunity for greater shared household labour arrangements.
Keyword Fathers
Care work
Shared care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Official 2013 Collection
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