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Satisfaction with Time Allocations Within the Family: The Role of Family Type


  • Anh Le
  • Paul Miller



This study examines the links between inequality in the time allocations of partners in couple families and the satisfaction they have with the way they spend their time. It uses time diary and self-reported satisfaction data from the 2006 Australian Time Use Survey. It shows that inequality in the time allocations of partners in couple families affects the satisfaction with the current allocation of time in families without children, but not in families with children. It is argued that the patterns of time use associated with children, specifically specialization in specific tasks, are the main reason for this finding. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

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  • Anh Le & Paul Miller, 2013. "Satisfaction with Time Allocations Within the Family: The Role of Family Type," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 14(4), pages 1273-1289, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jhappi:v:14:y:2013:i:4:p:1273-1289
    DOI: 10.1007/s10902-012-9381-z

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    1. Tindara Addabbo & Elena Sarti & Dario Sciulli, 2016. "Disability and Life Satisfaction in Italy," Applied Research in Quality of Life, Springer;International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, vol. 11(3), pages 925-954, September.


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