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On the Frontier of AdulthoodTheory, Research, and Public Policy$
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Richard A. Settersten Jr., Frank F. Furstenberg, and Ruben G. Rumbaut

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226748894

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226748924.001.0001

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Historical Trends in Patterns of Time Use among Young Adults in Developed Countries

Historical Trends in Patterns of Time Use among Young Adults in Developed Countries

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(p.150) Chapter 5 Historical Trends in Patterns of Time Use among Young Adults in Developed Countries
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On the Frontier of Adulthood
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Anne H. Gauthier

Frank F. Furstenberg Jr.

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226748924.003.0005

Time use among young people varies greatly during the transition to adulthood and is strongly regulated by social roles, constraints, and obligations. Yet, time use has not been one of the indicators traditionally used by scholars to study adult transitions. This chapter examines broad historical trends in patterns of time use among young adults as they make their transition to adulthood. It poses two main questions: whether patterns of time use among young adults have changed since the 1970s and whether there has been a convergence in the patterns of time use of men and women. To answer these questions, the chapter uses a series of time-use surveys carried out in eleven industrialized countries since the 1970s. For each of these subgroups of young adults, the chapter identifies seven broad categories of time use: education, paid work, housework, child care, leisure, personal activities, and travel to and from school and/or work.

Keywords:   time use, young adults, adult transitions, adulthood, education, paid work, housework, child care, leisure, travel

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