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Title: 'She is Too Young for These Chores' - Is Housework Taking a Back Seat in Urban Chinese Childhood?
Authors: Goh, E.C.L. 
Kuczynski, L.
Keywords: Academic work
Chinese children
Grandparents and parents
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: Goh, E.C.L., Kuczynski, L. (2012). 'She is Too Young for These Chores' - Is Housework Taking a Back Seat in Urban Chinese Childhood?. Children and Society. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The child in contemporary urban China is experiencing an increasingly exclusive focus on academic achievement at the expense of non-academic activities, particularly housework. In-depth interviews with caregivers (including grandparents and parents) from 9 three-generational families (n = 34) and parents from 10 nuclear families (n = 20) were conducted. Results show that although children from both family types were low in housework participation, children in three-generational families were perceived by their caregivers to be less competent in performing self-care and family-care tasks. They were also less frequently assigned regular tasks as compared with children from nuclear families. Unlike caregivers from western societies, where children's participation in housework is seen as either a means of socialisation or a source of domestic labour, Chinese caregivers consider housework as a distraction, at best an addendum to academic work. © 2012 National Children's Bureau and Blackwell Publishing Limited.
Source Title: Children and Society
ISSN: 09510605
DOI: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2012.00470.x
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