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Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare statesComparing care policies and practice$
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Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310471

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310471.001.0001

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Time use of Finnish fathers – do institutions matter?

Time use of Finnish fathers – do institutions matter?

(p.103) Five Time use of Finnish fathers – do institutions matter?
Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare states

Minna Ylikännö

Hannu Pääkkönen

Mia Hakovirta

Policy Press

This chapter approaches Nordic fatherhood from the time use perspective. The chapter looks at paid and domestic work and especially the time spent on child care by Finnish fathers from the late 1980s until 2010. The changes in the time use are reflected against the basic principles of and changes in family policies in Finland, which can be assumed to affect the public attitude towards preferred division of unpaid and paid work in the families. According to the results, Finnish fathers spend significantly more time attending to child care and other unpaid work than two decades ago. On the other hand they spend less time on paid work. The results indicate that the shifts in the attitudes associated with family values have accompanied changes in the time use of fathers towards a more involved fatherhood.

Keywords:   fatherhood, time use, paid work, unpaid work, child care, family policies, Finland

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