New Fathers? Residential Fathers’ Time with Children in Four Countries

Jennifer L. Hook, University of Washington
Christina M. Wolfe, Pennsylvania State University

We examine variation in employed fathers' time with children ages zero to 14, utilizing time use surveys from the United States (2003), Germany (2001), Norway (2000), and the United Kingdom (2000). We examine levels of father involvement and mechanisms associated involvement on both weekdays (N = 4,192) and weekends (N = 3,024). We find some evidence of “new fathers” on weekends in all countries. Fathers spend more time on interactive care and more time alone with children on weekends than on weekdays. Only Norwegian fathers, however, increase both their participation in and time spent on physical care. American and British fathers' time with children, however, is more responsive to partners' employment.

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Presented in Session 180: Fathers and Their Children