Time use of youths of immigrant and native-born parents, 2003–2010

July 12, 2012

From 2003 to 2010, adolesecents (teenagers aged 15 to 17) with native-born parents spent, on average, more time in paid work (52 minutes per day) than those with immigrant parents (27 minutes per day).

Average number of minutes per day teenagers with native-born and immigrant parents spend in various activities, 15- to 17-year-olds, 2003–2010
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Adolescents with immigrant parents spent, on average, more time on education-related activities (237 minutes per day) from 2003 to 2010 than adolescents with native-born parents (211 minutes per day).

From 2003 to 2010, although time spent with parent(s) did not significantly differ between adolescents with immigrant parents and those with native-born parents, adolescents with immigrant parents averaged 250 minutes per day in the company of any relative (including siblings)—compared with 204 minutes per day for youths who live with native-born parents. However, when time spent with siblings is not included, native-born teenagers spent more time with their relatives, averaging 173 minutes per day compared with 151 minutes per day for youths who live with immigrant parents.

Tabulations of American Time Use Survey data were done by Yelizavetta Kofman and Suzanne M. Bianchi. To learn more, see "Time use of youths by immigrant and native-born parents: ATUS results," by Yelizavetta Kofman and Suzanne M. Bianchi, in the June 2012 issue of the Monthly Labor Review.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Time use of youths of immigrant and native-born parents, 2003–2010 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120712.htm (visited September 28, 2016).


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