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Children’s health-related life-styles: how parental child care affects them

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  • Jens Bonke

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  • Jane Greve

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This paper examines parental influence on school children’s everyday activities that are related to a healthy or an unhealthy lifestyle. Using the Danish Time-Use and Consumption Survey from 2008/2009 with information on fathers’, mothers’ and children’s time use, we found no evidence of a relationship between parental working hours and children’s time allocations, while a 1-h increase in parental child care reduces the time children spent on TV/computer games by 12–19 min. We also found a relationship between parents’ and their children’s time use, as the amounts of time the two generations spent on exercise were positively correlated, which indicates that parental time use on some healthy activities affects children’s lifestyle behavior more than parental child care. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of Economics of the Household.

Volume (Year): 10 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 557-572

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Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:10:y:2012:i:4:p:557-572

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Keywords: Children’s time use; Children’s lifestyles; Parental working hours; I12; J22; D13;

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  1. Gwozdz, Wencke & Sousa-Poza, Alfonso & Reisch, Lucia A. & Ahrens, Wolfgang & De Henauw, Stefaan & Eiben, Gabriele & Fernandez-Alvira, Juan M. & Hadjigeorgiou, Charalampos & Kovacs, Eva & Lauria, Fabio, 2013. "Maternal employment and childhood obesity: A European perspective," FZID Discussion Papers 73-2013, University of Hohenheim, Center for Research on Innovation and Services (FZID).
  2. Nie, Peng & Sousa-Poza, Alfonso, 2014. "Maternal employment and childhood obesity in China: Evidence from the China Health and Nutrition Survey," FZID Discussion Papers 87-2014, University of Hohenheim, Center for Research on Innovation and Services (FZID).
  3. Jay Stewart, 2014. "Early to bed and earlier to rise: school, maternal employment, and children’s sleep," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 29-50, March.
  4. Christina Boll & Julian Leppin & Nora Reich, 2014. "Paternal childcare and parental leave policies: evidence from industrialized countries," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 129-158, March.

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