Are Parents Investing Less in Children? Trends in Mothers’ and Fathers’ Time with Children1

  title={Are Parents Investing Less in Children? Trends in Mothers’ and Fathers’ Time with Children1},
  author={Liana C. Sayer and Suzanne M. Bianchi and John P. Robinson},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={1 - 43}
In this study, time diary data are used to assess trends in mothers’ and fathers’ child care time from the mid‐1960s to the late 1990s. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the results indicate that both mothers and fathers report spending greater amounts of time in child care activities in the late 1990s than in the “family‐oriented” 1960s. For mothers, there was a 1965–75 decline in routine child care time and then a 1975–98 rebound along with a steady increase in time doing more developmental… 
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