Michael Bittman


Turned on, tuned in or dropped out? Young children’s use of television and transmission of social advantage

A study of young children’s TV use by the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the University of New England has found that disadvantaged children are watching more television than children in families from higher socio-economic backgrounds. The report of the study appears as Chapter...
Conference paper

A longitudinal analysis of children's media use and time choices

Media use is often implicated in debates about how young people should use their time for optimal benefit. In the child development literature and in more popular discourses, media use, and particularly television viewing, has long been associated with a number of serious social problems...
Journal article

Time demands of caring for children with autism: what are the implications for maternal mental health?

Abstract This study examined the relationship between maternal mental health problems and both caregiving time and experience of time pressure for 216 mothers of children with autism. Data describing caregiving time was obtained using 24-h time-diaries. Standard questionnaires were used to assess time pressure, social...

The impact of the mobile phone on work/life balance - preliminary report

The majority of Australians believe that mobile phones have helped to balance their family and working lives, the first study of its kind undertaken in the nation has found. Researchers from the Australian National University, the University of New England and the University of New...

Mothers and fathers with young children: paid employment, caring and wellbeing

The paper examines how the use of child care, the time parents spend with children, and parental wellbeing relate to parental employment. It looks at four themes: the labour force status and job characteristics of parents with young children; patterns of use of child care...