American Time Use Survey

Caring for and Helping Nonhousehold Members

Caring for and helping nonhousehold members includes activities persons do to care for or help those—either children (under age 18) or adults—who do not live with them (except for volunteer activities that are done for or through an organization). Care of nonhousehold children, even when done as a favor or helping activity for another adult, is always classified as caring for and helping nonhousehold children, not as helping another adult. For a more detailed description of this activity category, see the ATUS 2013 Technical Note.

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Caring for and helping nonhousehold members on weekdays and weekend days in 2013

Time spent caring for and helping nonhousehold members (1) and percent of the civilian population caring for and helping nonhousehold members, averages per day on weekdays and weekends, 2013 annual averages
Activity Average hours per day, civilian population Average percent engaged in the activity per day Average hours per day for persons who engaged in the activity
Weekdays Weekends and holidays Weekdays Weekends and holidays Weekdays Weekends and holidays

Total, caring for and helping nonhousehold members

.18 .22 10.9 12.9 1.68 1.68

Caring for and helping nonhousehold children

.08 .07 4.9 4.5 1.56 1.62

Caring for and helping nonhousehold adults

.05 .08 6.5 8.9 .85 .92

Caring for nonhousehold adults

.01 ~0 .7 .7 1.56 (2)

Helping nonhousehold adults

.04 .08 6.0 8.4 .72 .91

Travel related to caring for and helping nonhousehold members

.05 .06 8.4 9.8 .62 .64

Footnotes:
(1) All estimates refer to time spent caring for and helping nonhousehold members as a main (primary) activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.
(2) Estimate is suppressed because it does not meet the American Time Use Survey standard for quality and reliability.
~0 Estimate is approximately zero.
NOTE: Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

These and other detailed activity estimates are also available in:

Table A-2. Time spent in detailed primary activities, and percent of the civilian population engaging in each detailed primary activity category, averages per day by sex on weekdays and weekends, 2013 annual averages (PDF)

For a further description of ATUS data and methodology, see the ATUS 2013 Technical Note.

Caring for and helping nonhousehold members done by men and women in 2013

Time spent caring for and helping nonhousehold members (1) and percent of the civilian population caring for and helping nonhousehold members, averages per day by sex, 2013 annual averages
Activity Average hours per day, civilian population Average percent engaged in the activity per day Average hours per day for persons who engaged in the activity
Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women

Total, caring for and helping nonhousehold members

.19 .17 .22 11.5 10.0 12.9 1.68 1.69 1.68

Caring for and helping nonhousehold children

.08 .05 .10 4.8 3.2 6.3 1.58 1.55 1.59

Caring for and helping nonhousehold adults

.06 .07 .06 7.2 7.0 7.4 .87 .94 .81

Caring for nonhousehold adults

.01 .01 .01 .7 .5 .9 1.29 (2) 1.39

Helping nonhousehold adults

.05 .06 .05 6.7 6.6 6.9 .79 .92 .69

Travel related to caring for and helping nonhousehold members

.06 .05 .06 8.8 7.9 9.7 .62 .67 .59

Footnotes:
(1) All estimates refer to time spent caring for and helping nonhousehold members as a main (primary) activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.
(2) Estimate is suppressed because it does not meet the American Time Use Survey standard for quality and reliability.
~0 Estimate is approximately zero.
NOTE: Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

These and other detailed activity estimates are also available in:

Table A-1. Time spent in detailed primary activities, and percent of the civilian population engaging in each detailed primary activity category, averages per day by sex, 2013 annual averages (PDF)

For a further description of ATUS data and methodology, see the ATUS 2013 Technical Note.

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Last Modified Date: June 18, 2014

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