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Historical Trends in Patterns of Time Use among Young Adults in Developed Countries

Anne H. Gauthier and Frank F. Furstenberg Jr.

in On the Frontier of Adulthood

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780226748894
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226748924 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226748924.003.0005
Historical Trends in Patterns of Time Use among Young Adults in Developed Countries

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Time use among young people varies greatly during the transition to adulthood and is strongly regulated by social roles, constraints, and obligations. Yet, time use has not been one of the indicators traditionally used by scholars to study adult transitions. This chapter examines broad historical trends in patterns of time use among young adults as they make their transition to adulthood. It poses two main questions: whether patterns of time use among young adults have changed since the 1970s and whether there has been a convergence in the patterns of time use of men and women. To answer these questions, the chapter uses a series of time-use surveys carried out in eleven industrialized countries since the 1970s. For each of these subgroups of young adults, the chapter identifies seven broad categories of time use: education, paid work, housework, child care, leisure, personal activities, and travel to and from school and/or work.

Keywords: time use; young adults; adult transitions; adulthood; education; paid work; housework; child care; leisure; travel

Chapter.  8613 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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