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Pablo Gracia, Trinity College

Children's and Adolescents' Daily Activities in Spain: Do Parental Work Schedules Matter?
When Apr 16, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Dr. Gracia will analyze how children’s and adolescents’ time use is related to mothers’ and fathers’ work schedules by using Spanish time-diary data for children and adolescents in two-parent families. Findings reveal some important differences in children’s time use by parent’ work schedules. Yet, these gaps apply only to mothers and intersect with educational inequalities in children’s time use. Mother’s evening work is, compared to mothers’ standard work, associated to children spending less time on educational activities and on socializing activities with parents, while it is positively associated to time allocated to screen-based activities, especially without parents’ presence. Children with high-educated mothers disproportionally engage in educational activities, spending moderate amounts of time in screen-based activities, yet this educational gap is significant only for evening-work mothers. Paternal characteristics are generally weakly associated to children’s time use. On weekends, children with mothers who worked evening hours during the week seem to engage in “compensatory” developmental practices, remarkably increasing their weekend time in educational activities and socializing activities with parents. Results consider the relevance of the Spanish case for the literature, and discuss potential factors such as time availability, gender roles in family life and parental resources. 

About the Speaker

Pablo Gracia

Dr. Pablo Gracia is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. He obtained a PhD in Sociology at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, receiving parallel education and training at the University of Oxford. Dr. Gracia has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies from the University of Amsterdam and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. His main areas include family sociology, social stratification, social demography and cross-national research. Dr. Gracia's main current projects focus on: (1) social inequalities in parenting, children’s daily lives and life-course development, (2) parents’ and children’s gendered attitudes and norms; (3) socioeconomic and ethnic disparities in adolescents’ expectations, aspirations and future outcomes. His research has been published at the European Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage of Family, Demographic Research, Social Science Research, and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, among other international peer-reviewed journals.

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