Shift Work Among Dual-Earner Couples with Children

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Science  18 Feb 1983:
Vol. 219, Issue 4586, pp. 876-879
DOI: 10.1126/science.219.4586.876


In a 1980 sample of U.S. nonfarm households with children and with both spouses employed full time, one-third of the couples included at least one spouse who worked other than a regular day shift. In about one-tenth of the couples the spouses worked entirely different shifts with no overlap in hours. These findings are linked to an earlier study which showed a high prevalence of child care by employed fathers whose wives were employed in certain occupations.