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Beliefs about caregiving, women’s work, and childcare: an Alberta example

  • Author / Creator
    Charchun, Julianna Kim
  • 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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  • Graduation date
    2010-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R39660
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Human Ecology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Berna Skrypnek (Human Ecology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Suzanne Tough (Pediatrics and Community Health Services)
    • Deanna Williamson (Human Ecology)