CitationShort, Susan E.; Chen, Feinian; Entwisle, Barbara; & Zhai, Fengying (2002). Maternal Work and Child Care in China: A Multi-Method Analysis. Population and Development Review, 28(1), 31-57.
AbstractThe majority of women in China, including mothers of young children, are in the labor force. This article investigates the relationship between mothers' work and child care and explores how type of work affects level of involvement in children's care. Substantive understandings of the relationship between mothers' work and child care may well depend on the way work is conceptualized and measured, especially nonwage work. Nearly two-thirds of women in China live in rural areas, where nonwage work predominates. Analysis of data from eight provinces indicates that wage workers spend less time in child care, but so do women with heavy nonwage demands. Women's involvement in multiple economic activities has consequences for both work-child care compatibility and work intensity, and may be especially important in efforts to categorize women's work in industrializing economies. Because the majority of the world's women do not work in the wage sector, the implications of these findings extend beyond China.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitlePopulation and Development Review
Author(s)Short, Susan E.