ERIC Number: ED255312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Parental Role Behaviors in Young, Dual Parent Families: Future Policy Implications.
Dail, Paula W.
An investigation was undertaken in an effort to further understand the role of young, traditional dual-parent families. A total of 249 parents were asked to complete the Iowa Parent Behavior Inventory. Responses were categorized into parent involvement, limit setting, responsivity, reasoned guidance, free expression (mothers only), and intimacy. Responses were further divided according to styles of childrearing; these included authoritarian, authoritative, or permissive patterns of parental behavior. Results indicated that correlations between sex of parent and style of childrearing was highest in those categories representing more nurturant behavior (responsivity, intimacy, and reasoned guidance). Mothers scored higher than fathers in these areas. A very low correlation between sex of parent and parental behavior existed for the category representing more instrumental behaviors (limit setting). Two policy implications that can be extrapolated from the data concern child care and family stress levels. It is argued that child care and more equitable sharing of housework will be prominent issues for the 1980's and 1990's. Changes within the family would require assistance in the form of policies to support fathers' efforts to work at jobs allowing time for house and child care. A third policy implication concerns the development of social programs which would relieve the economic strain that often forces mothers into employment. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Parent Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (San Francisco, CA, October 16-20, 1984).