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Family life in lockdown

Biroli, P., Bosworth, S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8978-9516, Della Giusta, M. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3959-4451, Di Girolamo, A., Jaworska, S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7465-2245 and Vollen, J. (2021) Family life in lockdown. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078 (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

The lockdown imposed following the COVID-19 pandemic of spring 2020 dramatically changed the daily lives and routines of millions of people worldwide. We analyse how such changes contributed to patterns of activity within the household using a novel survey of Italian, British, and American families in lockdown. A high percentage report disruptions in the patterns of family life, manifesting in new work patterns, chore allocations, and household tensions. Though men have taken an increased share of childcare and grocery shopping duties, reallocations are not nearly as stark as disruptions to work patterns might suggest, and families having to reallocate duties report greater tensions. Our results highlight tightened constraints budging up against stable and gendered patterns of intra-household cooperation norms. While the long-run consequences of the COVID-19 lockdown on family life cannot be assessed at this stage, we point towards the likely opportunities and challenges.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
ID Code:99256
Publisher:Frontiers Media

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