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ERIC Number: ED414057
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Pages: 6
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Division of Domestic Labor and Childrearing: A Longitudinal Study during the Transition to Parenthood.
Menendez, Susana; Hidalgo, M. Victoria
Within the framework of a longitudinal investigation, a group of parents were studied during their transition to parenthood. The families were selected according to distinct socio-demographic variables. Fathers and mothers were interviewed separately before becoming parents, and again when the infants were 10- to 12-months of age. The interview focused on dimensions of the division of household labor, including household and childrearing chores, the parents' satisfaction with the distribution of labor, and the expected and actual impact of the infant on the household chores. The results showed a statistically non-significant change toward a relatively more traditional redistribution of labor and a significant decrease in the parents' satisfaction. Scores for division of labor for household chores and childrearing and satisfaction were positively correlated between Time 1 and Time 2. There was no relation between expected changes in distribution of household chores and the actual changes. Expectations were too optimistic in comparison to the modifications that occurred. There was a more prominent traditional division of household chores after the transition to parenthood for primiparous parents and those with low educational levels. Fathers' involvement in childrearing at Time 2 was lower than expectations at Time 1 for single-earner families and according to fathers. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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