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ERIC Number: ED262899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Pages: 19
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Parents of the Future. What Are They Learning about the Roles of Men and Women in Society?
McGuire, Jacqueline
Over the past decade, gradual changes have occurred in some aspects of the social roles taken by men and women. More women with children work outside the home and some men have become very involved in caring for their children. Whether or not such changes have influenced the thinking of members of traditional families and influence parent/child interactions is a matter of some interest. This paper presents findings of a study comparing the upbringing of 2-year-old boys and girls from 40 two-parent families residing in London, England and differing widely in social and educational backgrounds. None of the mothers worked full-time, but 23 percent had part-time jobs. All fathers were employed. More than half the fathers had no formal educational qualifications; mothers were slightly better qualified. Attitudes of the children's mothers and fathers are discussed, particularly their feelings about women working when they have young children, fathers participating in child care or housework, and families with reversed roles. These attitudinal data are considered in relation to observations of parent behavior with their children. In addition, parental beliefs about the nature of masculinity, femininity, gender differences in the preschool period, and their theories concerning the origins of gender differences are described. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)