Travel-to-work and subjective well-being: a study of UK dual career households

Wheatley, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-6753-2867, 2014. Travel-to-work and subjective well-being: a study of UK dual career households. Journal of Transport Geography, 39, pp. 187-196. ISSN 0048-3486

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Abstract

This article contributes to our understanding of the interaction between travel-to-work, time-use, and subjective
well-being among full-time men and women in dual career households. Findings from empirical investigation of the British Household Panel Survey (1993-2009) identify comparable overall time-use (combined commutes, working hours/overtime, housework, and (ill/elderly) care) between genders, however the distributions are distinct. Women report shorter commutes and working hours/overtime, but lengthy housework. Among men lengthier commutes generate dissatisfaction, while the presence of dependent children reduces satisfaction with leisure indicative of the impact of chauffeuring. Women's relationship with travel-to-work appears more complex. Women remain car dependent. Meanwhile, both short and long commutes generate dissatisfaction. Findings indicate short commutes among mothers which reduce satisfaction with leisure time, reflecting multiactivity journeys including the school run. The evidence is indicative of inequality in the household division of labour limiting women’s temporal and spatial flexibility and reducing satisfaction with leisure time.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Transport Geography
Creators: Wheatley, D.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: July 2014
Volume: 39
ISSN: 0048-3486
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.07.009DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:32
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2017 09:56
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14557

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