Growing up in Belgium: social stratification in time-use of children

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Time spent with children is an important aspect of modern day parenting. Researchers have noted that increases in parental education and declining family sizes have changed children’s wellbeing for the better, with affective relationships becoming more central. There are a number of reasons why time spent with children is valued by parents and those reasons are mostly linked to children’s wellbeing. Shared time is a convenient way to teach children the appropriate values and attitudes, it promotes the child’s intellectual and psychological development and it stimulates cohesion among the family members. The choices and investments (in both money and time) that parents make in the childrearing process are closely linked to their social background. Both national and international studies suggest that children from working class and poor parents are less often participating in organized leisure activities (Bennett et al., 2012; Smits & Spruyt, 2014) and have rather long stretches of unsupervised time than children from working class families (Lareau, 2000, 2003; Smits & Spruyt, 2013). For our analyses we use the Belgian TUS data of 1999, 2005 and 2013. The pooled dataset contains time-use dairies of 2.356 Belgian teenagers.
Period11 Jul 2019
Event title41th International Association for Time Use Research Conference: Communicating Time Use Research to the Public
Event typeConference
LocationWashington, United States, District of Columbia