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ERIC Number: ED454975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Pages: 59
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Co-Parenting: A Review of the Literature.
Arendell, Terry
This review examines co-parenting, the more or less equal sharing of parenting responsibilities by mothers and fathers. Because co-parenting remains an anomaly, much of the review addresses men's levels and forms of parenting involvement. Also investigated are the factors contributing to their participation and nonparticipation. Noting that parental participation occurs primarily in three family arrangements--married or cohabiting fathers in intact families; separated or divorced fathers; and unwed young fathers--the review is organized by family type. The review notes that men's parenting participation varies both within and across family structural arrangements. For the most part, mothers continue to be the primary child-rearers and caretakers; while some men are more involved in parenting than were their own fathers or many of their peers, relatively little change has occurred overall. Another significant finding is that father involvement in each type of family arrangement is closely intertwined with fathers' relationship with the mothers of their children. Both institutional and personal factors contribute to men's limited parenting involvement. Research indicates that both children and fathers benefit from increased paternal involvement in parenting. The study of fathering, and, more specifically, co-parenting is multidisciplinary. (Contains 313 references.) (Author/KB)
National Center on Fathers and Families, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, 3700 Walnut Street, Box 58, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6216. Tel: 215-573-5500; Fax: 215-573-5508; e-mail: For full text:
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. National Center on Fathers and Families.