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Children’s lifestyle and parents’ employment

Jane Greve, Jens Bonke
Rockwool Foundation Research Unit, Denmark

This paper analyzes the relation between children’s lifestyle and parents’ employment in Denmark. Using the Danish Time-Use Study from 2008/2009, the paper illuminates the influence of both the mother’s and the father’s working time on child activities related to health. We found that when mothers work more hours, their 12–17-year-old children spend significantly more time watching television. When fathers whose children exercise work more hours, the children spend less time exercising. This result holds true only among the 7–11-year-olds, suggesting that Danish fathers contribute significantly to their children’s lifestyle and health from an early age.

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