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Syntax for Creating a Comparative Dataset on Parents' Time Use in Four Countries, 2000-2003 (ICPSR 30021)
Principal Investigator(s): Hook, Jennifer, University of Washington; Wolfe, Christina, University of Washington
This syntax harmonizes four nationally representative time-use datasets from the United States (2003), the United Kingdom (2000-2001), Germany (2001-2002) and Norway (2001). The dataset was created to examine parental time with children. It seeks to remedy several limitations of the Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS) datasets, circa 2006, for studying parents' time with children. Specifically, it improves upon data available by utilizing information about who else was present when each activity took place, using more detailed time-use codes, and retaining a wider variety of background variables.
The sample specified in the syntax is restricted to partnered respondents (married or cohabiting) who reside with children aged 14 years or under. Households with children aged 15 years and over and households containing other adults are not included to ensure comparability in the coding of who the respondent was with during each activity. Researchers wishing to use other inclusion criteria can simply alter the syntax provided.
To construct the dataset researchers must obtain the original, publicly-available data from each country directly (described in the User Guide) and then run the syntax available through the ICPSR Web site. Each dataset contains many more variables than we attempted or were able to harmonize. Documentation for each original dataset should be consulted for the availability of additional variables.
This study is intended for instructional use, and may be subsets of the original data. Variables and/or cases may have been removed to facilitate classroom use.
These data are freely available.
Hook, Jennifer, and Christina Wolfe. Syntax for Creating a Comparative Dataset on Parents' Time Use in Four Countries, 2000-2003. ICPSR30021-v1. United States: Bureau of Labor Statistics/United Kingdom: UK Data Archive/Norway: Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD)/Germany: Federal Statistical Office/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2011-08-31. doi:10.3886/ICPSR30021.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR30021.v1
This survey was funded by:
- United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R03 HD056996-01A1 )
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (R03 HD056996-01A1 )
- Pennsylvania State University. Population Research Institute (R03 HD056996-01A1 )
Scope of Study
Smallest Geographic Unit: country
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: family
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
ICPSR does not possess any data related to these studies, and is only distributing harmonization syntax and associated documentation.
Sample: The sample specified in the syntax is restricted to partnered respondents (married or cohabiting) who reside with children aged 14 years or under. Households with children aged 15 years and over and households containing other adults are not included to ensure comparability in the coding of who the respondent was with during each activity. Researchers wishing to use other inclusion criteria can simply alter the syntax provided.
You can find more information via the sample characteristics utility:
Mode of Data Collection: computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)
The data was compiled for United States respondents from the American Time Use Survey 2003 (ATUS), conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and linked to the Current Population Survey (CPS).
Data for Norway, Germany, and the United Kingdom was compiled from the Harmonized European Time Use Survey (HETUS).
Original ICPSR Release: 2011-08-31
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