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ERIC Number: EJ803130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Parenting as a Dynamic Process: A Test of the Resource Dilution Hypothesis
Strohschein, Lisa; Gauthier, Anne H.; Campbell, Rachel; Kleparchuk, Clayton
Journal of Marriage and Family, v70 n3 p670-683 Aug 2008
In this paper, we tested the resource dilution hypothesis, which posits that, because parenting resources are finite, the addition of a new sibling depletes parenting resources for other children in the household. We estimated growth curve models on the self-reported parenting practices of mothers using four waves of data collected biennially between 1994 and 2000 on a nationally representative sample of 2,082 Canadian children aged 2 to 5 at initial interview and in continuously intact, two-biological-parent households. Results showed that when new children were added to the household, mothers exhibited declines in positive interaction, but increased their levels of consistent parenting. Taken together, these findings suggested that parenting resources were reallocated, rather than diluted, when family size increased.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada