ERIC Number: ED250080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Fathers' Participation in Family Work: Effects on Children's Sex Role Attitudes. Working Paper No. 126.
Baruch, Grace K.; Barnett, Rosalind C.
To investigate dimensions of fathers' participation in family work and to examine the effects of each dimension on children's sex-role related attitudes, this study collected data from 160 fathers of kindergarten and fourth-grade children, their wives, and their children. Fathers and mothers were interviewed jointly as well as separately and they independently filled out a questionnaire. Children were individually interviewed at school. The following categories of data related to dimensions of fathers' participation were reported: (1) intensity of interaction with children; (2) absolute amount of time spent in child care or home chores versus the proportional amount of time spent (i.e., the number of hours spent by the father divided by the number of hours spent by both parents); (3) solo participation versus participation with the mother; (4) performance of household chores versus child care; and (5) responsiblity for tasks versus simply performing them. Children's sex-role sterotyping and attitudes were assessed in three domains: current interests and activities, adult occupational roles, and adult family roles. In addition, children's occupational aspirations were also ascertained. Fathers' participation patterns were associated with maternal employment status and parents' sex-role attitudes (specifically, their attitudes about the male role). (AS)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Child Responsibility, Childhood Attitudes, Father Attitudes, Fathers, Housework, Interviews, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent Responsibility, Parent Role, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Young Children
Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, Ma 02181 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners; Researchers; Support Staff
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.