Mothers are now the sole or primary provider in 40% of households with children, up from just 11% in 1960. The public is conflicted about the gains women have made in the workplace, applauding the economic benefits, but also voicing concerns about the impact on children and marriage.
Modern Parenthood: Live Discussion Transcript
Kim Parker, associate director of the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends Project, and Wendy Wang, research associate, answer questions from readers on the Modern Parenthood survey,
Slideshow: Key Findings from the “Modern Parenthood” Survey
The way mothers and fathers spend their time has changed dramatically in the past half century.
Quiz: Which parent does more in your home?
In the “Modern Parenthood” report, we asked married and cohabiting parents with children under 18 to compare their workload at home with that of their spouses or partners. Answer two questions to find out how you compare with the parents who took our nationwide survey.
The way moms and dads spend their time has changed dramatically over the past 50 years, but gender gaps remain. Both feel the stress of balancing work and family.
Middle-Aged Adults “Sandwiched” Between Aging Parents and Kids
Nearly half of middle-aged adults have an older parent and are supporting a child. And about one-in-seven are providing financial support to both an aging parent and a child.
Indians Support Gender Equality But Still Give Men Edge in Workplace, Higher Education
The recent gang rape and killing of a young woman in New Delhi – and the subsequent protests – have focused worldwide attention on gender issues in India.
Family Caregivers Turn to Internet for Information and Guidance
Fully 30 percent of U.S. adults help a loved one with personal needs, manage finances or arrange for outside care for another adult or child with a disability. Of this group, 88% use the internet to find health information.
A Tale of Two Fathers
In the last 50 years, fathers have become much more involved in the day-to-day lives of the children they live with. During that same time period, though, the share of fathers living apart from their children has risen dramatically, to 27% in 2010.
The Public Renders a Split Verdict On Changes in Family Structure
The American public is sharply divided in its judgments about the sweeping changes in the structure of the nation’s families that have unfolded over the past half century. About a third generally accepts the changes, a third is tolerant but skeptical and a third considers them bad for society.