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ERIC Number: ED261271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 22
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Man, Woman, and Child: The Shared Parenting Family.
Ehrensaft, Diane
As more women enter the work force, a new family phenomenon is emerging - the shared parenting household. To examine the dynamics of this new family type, 40 couples in shared parenting families were interviewed. In these families, both parents shared the responsibilities of primary caregiver while also working at full-time white collar or professional jobs or being enrolled in academic programs. Preliminary findings revealed that both women and men in shared parenting families felt a disidentification with their own same-sex parent. Mothers reported entering shared parenthood to avoid feared losses of their own identity; fathers reported entering it with expected gains. Mothers described their relationships with their children as "nurturing" while fathers described the father-child relationship as "intimate". Mothers often expressed feelings of jealousy and rejection because of the bond between father and child. Although the child may feel caught in the middle, the shared parenting family can generate for the child an understanding that men, like women, are feeling people who can express their emotions. At the same time, the child is provided with role models of women who are multidimensional in their lives and experiences. Hopefully, the child in a shared parenting family will be able to integrate the father's intimacy and the mother's nurturing so that these qualities are woven into one person, male or female, who can someday offer both qualities to his or her own child (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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