Statistics Sweden, Demographic Analysis and Gender Equality, Box 24300, SE-104 51 Stockholm, Sweden.
Parents’ Workplace Situation and Fathers’ Parental Leave Use
Article first published online: 10 APR 2006
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 68, Issue 2, pages 363–372, May 2006
How to Cite
Bygren, M. and Duvander, A.-Z. (2006), Parents’ Workplace Situation and Fathers’ Parental Leave Use. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68: 363–372. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2006.00258.x
- Issue published online: 10 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 10 APR 2006
- child-care arrangements;
- families and work;
- work-family balance
This study examines how the workplace situation of both parents affects fathers’ parental leave use. We used parental leave-taking register data from Statistics Sweden for dual-earner couples who resided in Stockholm and had children in 1997 (n= 3,755). The results indicate that fathers shorten their parental leave if their workplaces are such that one can expect leave to be associated with high costs and that fathers appear to be influenced by the leave use of other fathers in the workplace. Mothers’ workplace situation appears to be less important for fathers’ leave use. The results point to the importance of actors other than parents (such as employers) for understanding the gender-based division of child care.