Children's Daily Activities: Concepts, Theories and Research

6 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2018

Date Written: May 30, 2018


This study reviews recent developments within the academic literature on children´s daily activities, focusing mostly on evidence from Europe and the US, but also from other high-income industrialised countries. The review examines both historical changes and recent contexts, discussing theoretical concepts and empirical evidence, as well as possible lines of research that arguably require further consideration for a better understanding of children´s daily lives. The review starts with a socio-historical overview of children´s daily activities. It follows with a presentation of key concepts and empirical findings on children’s time use. The conclusion makes a synthesis of the most relevant elements highlighted in this review.

Keywords: Childhood, Time Use, Child-Centred Society, Intensive Parenting, Human Capital

JEL Classification: J13

Suggested Citation

Gracia, Pablo, Children's Daily Activities: Concepts, Theories and Research (May 30, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Pablo Gracia (Contact Author)

Trinity College Dublin ( email )

TCD, College Green Building, Sociology Department
Dublin, Dublin 2

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics