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(4) Satisfaction from Child Rearing

The proportion of respondents who gtake pleasure in the growth of the childh remains the highest.

In the breakdown of the reasons for satisfaction with child rearing, the proportion of respondents who gtake pleasure in the growth of the childh has remained the highest (81.6%) since the 3rd survey (Figure 16).

Figure 16 Changes in the reasons for satisfaction from child rearing (multiple answers)

Figure 16  Changes in the reasons for satisfaction from child rearing (multiple answers)
Notes: 1) The figures are based on the total number of responses to the 1st through 5th surveys (total number of replies: 37,686).
  2) The item ghome is cheerful thanks to the childh was gfamily became happierh in the 1st survey, and it was not investigated in the 2nd survey.
  3) The item geveryday life is excitingh was glife became worthwhileh in the 1st survey and geveryday life became worthwhileh in the 2nd survey.

A higher proportion of respondents experienced satisfaction with child rearing if the father spends a longer time with the children on holidays.

According to the breakdown of the reasons for satisfaction from child rearing in relation to the sibling composition, about 80% of respondents, in each of the categories of sibling composition, gtake pleasure in the growth of the child.h When there are siblings, many respondents also genjoy the companionship of siblingsh (Table 8).

In the breakdown of the reasons for satisfaction in relation to the time spent by the father with the children on holidays, a higher proportion of respondents experienced satisfaction with child rearing if the father spends g6 hours or moreh with the children (Figure 17).

Table 8 Satisfaction from child rearing in relation to the sibling composition
(multiple answers)

(Unit: %)
  Total Only child Younger sibling(s)
only
Elder sibling(s) only Both elder and
younger siblings
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Have satisfactions
99.0
98.6
99.2
99.1
99.1
Family ties strengthened
56.2
55.0
60.1
55.1
51.1
Contact with the child is rewarding
67.8
71.4
66.5
68.0
63.1
Everyday life is exciting
43.0
48.0
44.0
41.1
38.2
Enjoying the companionship of siblings
64.6
0.2
78.2
79.6
88.5
Human network widened by rearing the child
48.0
46.3
53.1
45.9
44.9
Mindset broadened by rearing the child
40.3
50.8
46.0
32.9
33.7
Home is cheerful thanks to the child
69.5
68.7
67.9
71.4
67.7
Take pleasure in the growth of the child
81.6
86.1
84.4
78.2
78.8
Other
2.1
2.5
2.1
1.9
2.0
No satisfactions in particular
0.6
1.0
0.4
0.5
0.4
Unknown
0.4
0.4
0.4
0.4
0.5
Note: The figures are based on the total responses to the 5th survey (total number of replies: 39,809).

Figure 17 Satisfaction from child rearing in relation to the time spent by the father
with the children on holidays (multiple answers)

Figure 17  Satisfaction from child rearing in relation to the time spent by the father with the children on holidays (multiple answers)
Notes: 1) The figures are based on the total number of responses for children living with their father in the 5th survey (total number of
replies: 37,584).
  2) The following are the proportions of respondents, in relation to the time spent by the father with the children on holidays, to the
total, and the proportions of each type of respondents to the total under circumstances where the children live with their father.
Amount of time spent by the father with the children on holidays: Less than 6 hours: 28.9%; 6 hours or more: 67.9%
Respondents: A mother only: 91.3%; a father only: 5.9%; parents only: 1.6%; other combinations: 0.6%; unknown: 0.6%

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