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How Long Should Parental Leave Be?: Attitudes to Gender Equality, Family, and Work as Determinants of Women's and Men's Parental Leave in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2014 (English)In: Journal of family issues, ISSN 0192-513X, E-ISSN 1552-5481, Vol. 35, no 7, 909-926 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A more equal division of parental leave use between parents has been a major political goal in Sweden for a long time, as it is assumed to lead to gender equality in the labor market, as well as in the homes. The assumed correlation between gender equality and shared parental leave has many aspects, but it has been investigated only in part. In this study, we investigate the determinants of men's and women's parental leave use with a focus on attitudes toward family, work, and gender equality. We use the Young Adult Panel Study with surveys conducted in 1999, 2003, and 2009. The findings indicate that gender equality orientation matters for parental leave for fathers. Mothers' parental leave length is primarily influenced by family orientation, whereas fathers' is influenced by the economic dimension of work.

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2014. Vol. 35, no 7, 909-926 p.
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parental leave, Sweden, attitudes, family, work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104384DOI: 10.1177/0192513X14522242ISI: 000335474300003OAI: diva2:724126


Available from: 2014-06-12 Created: 2014-06-10 Last updated: 2014-06-12Bibliographically approved

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