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Table 2. Time spent in primary activities (1) by married mothers and fathers with own household children under 18 by employment status of self and spouse, average for the combined years 2003-06


       Table 2. Time spent in primary activities (1)  by married mothers and fathers with own household children under 18 by employment status of self and
       spouse, average for the combined years 2003-06
                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                             Differences in married mothers'
                                                                                Average hours per day                          and fathers' time use on an  
                                                                                                                                 average day (hours) (2)    
                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                            
                            Activity                        Both spouses work    Mother employed part  Mother not employed               Mother   Mother not
                                                                full time          time and father     and father employed     Both     employed   employed 
                                                                                  employed full time        full time         spouses   part time and father
                                                                                                                             work full and father  employed 
                                                                                                                               time     employed   full time
                                                            Mothers    Fathers    Mothers    Fathers    Mothers    Fathers              full time           
                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                            
       Total, all activities.............................    24.00      24.00      24.00      24.00      24.00      24.00       0.00       0.00       0.00  
                                                                                                                                                            
         Personal care activities........................     8.97       8.63       9.05       8.46       9.38       8.72        .34        .59        .67  
            Sleeping.....................................     8.15       8.04       8.28       7.89       8.73       8.10        .11        .39        .63  
         Household activities............................     2.08       1.39       2.62       1.21       3.69       1.05        .69       1.41       2.64  
            Housework....................................      .91        .28       1.16        .20       1.71        .16        .63        .96       1.55  
            Food preparation and cleanup.................      .79        .32       1.01        .31       1.45        .22        .47        .69       1.23  
            Lawn and garden care.........................      .10        .25        .12        .22        .14        .21       -.14       -.11       -.07  
         Purchasing goods and services...................      .62        .39        .77        .35        .81        .40        .23        .42        .41  
            Grocery shopping.............................      .14        .07        .19        .05        .24        .08        .07        .14        .15  
            Consumer goods purchases, except grocery                                                                                                        
             shopping....................................      .38        .25        .45        .24        .46        .26        .13        .21        .20  
         Caring for and helping household members........     1.23        .81       1.92        .87       2.57        .86        .42       1.05       1.71  
            Caring for and helping household children....     1.20        .79       1.88        .84       2.54        .83        .42       1.04       1.71  
              Physical care..............................      .52        .25        .78        .28       1.10        .26        .27        .49        .84  
              Education-related activities...............      .10        .07        .16        .05        .25        .06        .03        .11        .19  
              Reading to/with children...................      .04        .02        .08        .03        .09        .03        .02        .05        .07  
              Playing/doing hobbies with children........      .19        .23        .36        .26        .54        .30       -.04        .10        .24  
         Working and work-related activities (3).........     5.14       5.98       2.72       6.17        .11       6.26       -.83      -3.46      -6.15  
            Working (3)..................................     5.12       5.94       2.67       6.13        .03       6.23       -.81      -3.45      -6.20  
         Leisure and sports..............................     2.92       3.73       3.39       3.64       4.09       3.60       -.81       -.25        .49  
            Socializing and communicating................      .65        .61        .79        .65        .90        .68        .04        .14        .22  
            Watching television..........................     1.44       2.05       1.63       1.90       2.15       1.90       -.61       -.27        .25  
            Participating in sports, exercise, and                                                                                                          
             recreation..................................      .16        .29        .22        .30        .24        .30       -.13       -.08       -.07  
         Travel..........................................     1.41       1.47       1.42       1.51       1.17       1.46       -.06       -.09       -.29  
            Travel related to caring for and helping                                                                                                        
             household children..........................      .24        .14        .29        .11        .29        .09        .10        .17        .20  
         Other activities, not elsewhere classified......     1.63       1.61       2.11       1.79       2.17       1.66        .03        .33        .51  
         
            1 A primary activity refers to an individual's main activity.  Other activities done simultaneously are not included.
            2 In each employment category, differences are calculated by subtracting fathers' average hours from mothers' average hours.
            3 Estimates include a small amount of work time done by persons who do not meet the ATUS definition of employed.
            NOTE:  Data refer to persons 15 years and over.
         
         
         
         
         

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Last Modified Date: May 08, 2008
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