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Seminar Series (RESCHEDULED): Kelly Musick, Associate Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University

Parents' Time with Children and Subjective Well-Being
When Apr 03, 2014
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 0124B Cole Student Activities Building
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Talk

Recent media attention highlights the exceptional nature of intensive parenting in the U.S. and raises questions about implications for parental well-being. This project assesses the multidimensional nature of subjective well-being associated with having a child in the home and time spent in activities with children. We use a new well-being module in the 2010 American Time Use Survey (ATUS) that includes respondent reports of momentary well-being in three randomly selected activities throughout the day. We examine differences in happiness, meaning, stress, and fatigue by parenthood status and parenting activities, and we use random and fixed effects models to leverage within-person variation in reported well-being across activities. We explore how the link between parenting and well-being differs for mothers and fathers, as well as by social and demographic characteristics like social class and employment status. This work moves beyond past studies on parenthood and happiness by focusing on a range of feelings-positive and negative-tied specifically to activities with children. Broadly, it informs our understanding of how the context of parenting contributes to the joys and strains of raising children.

About the Speaker

Kelly Musick

Kelly Musick is Associate Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. She received her M.P.A. in economics and public policy from Princeton University in 1996 and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. She taught for several years at the University of Southern California before joining the Cornell faculty in 2008. Her research addresses contemporary family patterns with an emphasis on how they relate to social inequality and the well-being of family members. Her recent work is focused on union formation and stability, trends in men's and women's economic roles in the family, and parents' time with children.

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