ERIC Number: ED239189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Preferred Parenting: Comparisons of Working Women and Men.
Gilbert, Lucia A.; And Others
The economic realities which have caused both parents to become full-time employees require modifications in both child care arrangements and parental responsibilities. To investigate parenting satisfaction and parental role responsibilities among employed parents, 166 Austin, Texas adults (98 female, 68 male) from dual earner families were interviewed in a door-to-door survey of preselected census tracts (to insure an ethnically representative sample). The survey collected data on parenting satisfaction, preferred parenting responsibility, preferred community-based resources, and demographic information. An analysis of the results showed that parents were moderately satisfied with themselves as parents but not particularly satisifed with the care offered by community-based resources. Child-rearing was viewed as the purview of parents, with most of the responsibility apportioned to parents themselves, with the exceptions of teaching cognitive skills and physical health. Both spouses held conventional views about parenting but more egalitarian views about the allocation of role responsibilities within the family unit. Females reported higher parenting satisfaction and lower spouse satisfaction than males, and higher preferred parenting responsibility and lower preferred spouse responsibility. Work orientation and ethnicity were not differentiating variables. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Role Satisfaction
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).