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individual responsibility
social responsibility
ecological model
women's work
women's labour force participation
path analysis
beliefs about caregiving
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University of Alberta
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Charchun, Julianna Kim
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Berna Skrypnek (Human Ecology)
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Deanna Williamson (Human Ecology)
Suzanne Tough (Pediatrics and Community Health Services)
Department of Human Ecology

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Master of Science
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Although a relationship between women’s work and use of child care is well-established, little is known about women’s beliefs about who (family or society) is responsible for this care. Using data from a province-wide survey, path analysis determined how beliefs about caregiving predict women’s decisions to work or use child care, at different stages of family life. Overall, Albertans believe caregiving is a social responsibility, particularly urban Albertans and women. Women’s social beliefs about caregiving predict working for women with preschool and school-age children, and women without children under 14, but do not directly predict use of care at all. Social beliefs are predicted by more education (women with preschool and school-age children) and more children (women with school-age children). The results of this study are presented using an ecological framework, and confirm that beliefs about caregiving should be considered in future studies of women’s labour force participation.
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