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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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CUNHA, Érica Vidal; MELCHIORI, Lígia Ebner  and  SALGADO, Manoel Henrique. Baby care time, division of tasks and maternal support network. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2021, vol.14, n.2, pp. 1-27. ISSN 1983-8220.

Considering the importance of mother-infant interaction for the child's development, researchers have questioned whether the insertion of women in the labor market changes the dynamics of this interaction. This study aimed to compare the time taken to care for the baby, the division of domestic tasks and the social support network of mothers who do not work and the mothers who work outside the home. Regarding baby care, the results indicated that mothers who work outside dedicate more time to their children on weekends, while mothers who do not work dedicate more time during weekdays. In addition, the mother was appointed as the main responsible for the care of the baby, followed by the father and the grandmother. In the division of domestic tasks, more time was devoted by mothers who do not work. In general, the grandmother appeared as a fundamental figure in the maternal support network.

Keywords : Employment; Housework; Social support network.

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