The Needs of Others: Gender and Sleep Interruptions for Caregivers

  title={The Needs of Others: Gender and Sleep Interruptions for Caregivers},
  author={Sarah A. Burgard},
  journal={Social Forces},
  pages={1189 - 1215}
  • S. Burgard
  • Published 1 June 2011
  • Sociology
  • Social Forces
Received wisdom, some sociological theory and a handful of qualitative studies suggest that the "night shift" of caregiving work that interrupts sleep is a burden borne disproportionately by women. However, there is no broadly representative evidence to substantiate claims about who takes the night shift in contemporary American households. Analyses using data from the nationally-representative 2003-2007 American Time Use Surveys show that net of age, paid work commitment, partnership status… 

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