Forældres brug af tid og penge på deres børn
(Parents’ expenditure of time and money on their children)
By Jens Bonke
146 pages. University Press of Southern Denmark, 2009
The conditions of life of children and young people is a topic that is receiving ever greater attention in Denmark and in other welfare societies all over the Western world. The reasons for this interest include the widespread desire that all children should experience good conditions in their childhood, both because this is important in itself and because good conditions of life for children can contribute to their later success in adulthood.
This book, based on new research at the Rockwool Foundation Research Unit, presents the most comprehensive description yet of the economic circumstances under which children grow up in Denmark. The central question analysed here through interview surveys is, how much time and money do parents devote to their children?
In order to provide an impression of whether the conditions of upbringing for Danish children differ from those for children in other countries, the book also makes a series of international comparisons to examine such issues as whether the differences among parents in the care they devote to their children are greater or smaller in Denmark than in a number of other Western countries.
Overall, this research presents the reader with a detailed picture of two crucial aspects of the conditions of life that children experience in Danish families, namely the time and the money spent on them by their parents.