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Longitudinal Study: LSAC
Title: An exploration of the timing and nature of parental time with 4-5 year olds using Australian children's time use data. (Research Paper 45)
Authors: Baxter, Jennifer 
Institution: Australian Institute of Family Studies
Publication Date: Mar-2010
Abstract: Parental time with children contributes to children's development and is positively associated with children's wellbeing. However, the amount of parent-child shared time does not necessarily capture its 'quality'. Parents, in their time with children, might be teaching them, encouraging and nurturing them and physically caring for them. At other times, parent and child may be together but engaging in less developmentally focused activities. While this parent-child time is often analysed using adults' time use data, it is also possible to analyse this time from the child's perspective. This paper uses just over 5,000 time use diaries of 4-5 year old children, collected in the first wave (2004) of Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). These diaries captured details both of the children's activities and of who was with them in each 15-minute period. These data were analysed using descriptive techniques to show how the timing of mothers' and fathers' time with the children and children's activities intersect. Further, these data were analysed in respect of parents' and children's characteristics to determine whether certain factors, in particular parental employment, were associated with more or less parent-child time or the nature of that parent-child time.
Keywords: Families -- Work/family Balance; Families; Families -- Parents and Parenting
Research collection: Reports and technical papers
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