Exploring the Second Shift: A Data-Driven Learning Guide (ICPSR 303)

Principal Investigator(s): Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research


Data-Driven Learning Guides are a collection of instructional exercises that can be used to enhance teaching of core concepts in the social sciences. This learning guide investigates the influence of gender roles and attitudes about work and family on the household division of labor and childcare responsibilities. Research questions that can be explored using this learning guide include: who performs the work in the family and whether one parent takes on more responsibility for family work that the other, whether shared work is more common in dual-income families, how women's educational level and occupations relate to the household division of labor, what consequences the "second shift" (the household and childcare duties that follow the day's work for pay outside the home) may have for women's mental and physical wellbeing, and how the second shift may affect the careers and career choices of women. Crosstabulation and comparison of means are used for the analyses.

Access Notes

  • These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly (via Exploring the Second Shift) for details on obtaining these resources.

Study Description

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    child care, domestic responsibilities, family work relationship, gender roles, instructional materials, social sciences, working women

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

Other Data-Driven Learning Guides covering such topics as aging, gender, race, social class, politics, and health are available on ICPSR's Online Learning Center .