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ERIC Number: ED386314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
Pages: 142
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The Role of the Primary Caregiving Father.
Frank, Robert A.
This dissertation examined primary caregiving father families and how they construct their roles in contrast to primary caregiving mother families. A Self-report survey instrument was constructed. and administered to a sample of 93 married couples in the United States with children under the age of 6. Surveys were coded by couple, analyzed, and classified into appropriate groups: one group in which the father was the primary caregiver (PCGF); and a second group in which the mother was the primary caregiver (PCGM). The results suggested that PCGFs are contributing to changing patterns in the traditional roles prescribed by society, pointing to an emerging family structure that is different from, rather than the reverse of, the traditional family structure. The PCGF provides a strong male influence, with nurturing abilities. At the same time, the non-PCGM continues to play a critical role in the child's development. She continues to exhibit strong nurturing ability and, in addition, brings new experiences related to working outside the home. The PCGF family model facilitates the active participation of both parents in the care of their child. Appendices contain copies of the survey questionnaire and the cover letters and a list with the comparison of couple responses. Contains 51 references. (AA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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