Publication


Anja Steinbach, Aušra, Maslauskaitė
Childcare in Lithuania and Belarus: how gendered is parenting in Eastern European countries?
Journal of Family Studies, 2020
URL, JabRef BibTex, Abstract
Research shows that even though the time women and men spend on housework has slowly converged in recent decades, the time mothers and fathers invest in childcare has not changed as much. This paper aims to contribute to the literature on childcare by focusing on the two Eastern European countries of Lithuania and Belarus, which took very different development paths after seceding from the Soviet Union in 1990. For our analysis, we use two recent datasets: the Families and Inequalities Survey from 2019 for Lithuania, and the Generations and Gender Survey 2020 Belarus Wave 1 from 2017. The analytic sample consists of 2114 mothers and fathers born between 1970 and 1984 with children under age 14. Our results reveal that in both Lithuania and Belarus, mothers perform more childcare tasks than fathers, and that, however, gendered parenting is more prominent in Lithuania than in Belarus.

Reference


@article{Steinbach2020a,
  author = {Anja Steinbach, Aušra, Maslauskaitė},
  title = {Childcare in Lithuania and Belarus: how gendered is parenting in Eastern European countries?},
  year = {2020},
  journal = {Journal of Family Studies},
  month = {Aug},
  url = {https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13229400.2020.1806903},
  timestamp = {16.12.2020},
  abstract = {Research shows that even though the time women and men spend on housework has slowly converged in recent decades, the time mothers and fathers invest in childcare has not changed as much. This paper aims to contribute to the literature on childcare by focusing on the two Eastern European countries of Lithuania and Belarus, which took very different development paths after seceding from the Soviet Union in 1990. For our analysis, we use two recent datasets: the Families and Inequalities Survey from 2019 for Lithuania, and the Generations and Gender Survey 2020 Belarus Wave 1 from 2017. The analytic sample consists of 2114 mothers and fathers born between 1970 and 1984 with children under age 14. Our results reveal that in both Lithuania and Belarus, mothers perform more childcare tasks than fathers, and that, however, gendered parenting is more prominent in Lithuania than in Belarus.}
}
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