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  1. Parental availability for the care of sick children.

    Article - En anglais


    Parents have always played a critical role in the care of sick children.

    Although parents'roles remain crucial to children's health, parental availability has declined during the past half century.

    The percentage of women with preschool children who work has risen almost fivefold in 45 years from 12% in 1947 to 58% in 1992.

    The percentage of women in the paid work force with school-aged children has almost tripled in the same period, from 27.3% to 75.9%. Research has examined the effects of a variety of parental work conditions on children.

    However, past research has not examined how working conditions affect the ability of parents to care for their sick children.

    In this article, we examine how often the children of working parents get sick and whether parents receive enough paid leave to care for their sick children.


    This analysis makes use of two national surveys, which provide complementary information regarding the care of sick children.

    The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth is a longitudinal survey of a nationally representative probability sample of 12 686 men and women ; the National Medical Expenditure Survey is a panel survey of 34 459 people.

    First, we estimated the family illness burden.

    Second, we looked in detail at the number of days of sick leave mothers had.

    Third, we examined whether mothers who had sick leave had it consistently during a 5-year period. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Maladie, Enfant, Homme, Congé, Parent, Nombre, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Soin, Enquête, Aidant

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Disease, Child, Human, Vacation, Parent, Number, United States, North America, America, Care, Inquiry, Caregiver

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0398500

    Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 10/04/1997.