Struggling to ‘do family’ during COVID-19: evidence from a German mixed-methods study

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  • 1 German Youth Institute, , Germany
  • | 2 University of Applied Sciences Hamm-Lippstadt, , Germany
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Applying the concept of doing family, which centres on the organisation of, and the practices in, families’ everyday lives, our research questions focus on the efforts mothers and fathers undertake to keep everyday life going during the pandemic. We analysed two-wave panel data of the project ‘Growing up in Germany’, and conducted 20 in-depth interviews with mothers and fathers in order to examine their strategies in detail. Our findings confirm gender and other important differences, and reveal three major strategies to reconcile caring obligations with demands from paid work before and during the crisis.

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  • 1 German Youth Institute, , Germany
  • | 2 University of Applied Sciences Hamm-Lippstadt, , Germany

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