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ERIC Number: ED333965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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Fathers' Participation in Family Work: Consequences for Fathers' Stress and Father-Child Relations.
Almeida, David M.; Galambos, Nancy L.
Potential costs and benefits associated with fathers' participation in household chores and child care, here called "family work," were explored in this study. More specifically, the extent to which fathers' participation in family work was related to fathers' experience of stress and father-child reations were examined. The study involved 91 father-adolescent dyads who completed questionnaires on two occasions, 6 months apart. Fathers completed measures concerning their: (1) participation in household chores and child care; (2) feelings of stress; and (3) acceptance of their seventh graders and the frequency and intensity of conflict with them. Adolescents reported on paternal acceptance and the frequency and intensity of conflict with their fathers. Findings suggested that frequent performance of household tasks may be a salient concomitant of stress for fathers in two-earner families. High father involvement in child care was associated with higher acceptance of their seventh graders, supporting the claim that father participation in child care tasks presages warmer father-adolescent relations. Some evidence, however, suggested that fathers who frequently participated in child care had more frequent conflict with their adolescents. Implications of the findings are discussed. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Seattle, WA, November 9-14, 1990).