ERIC Number: EJ929138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Doing the Scut Work of Infant Care: Does Religiousness Encourage Father Involvement?
DeMaris, Alfred; Mahoney, Annette; Pargament, Kenneth I.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v73 n2 p354-368 Apr 2011
Considerable debate exists regarding whether religiousness promotes or impedes greater father involvement in parenting. Our study addresses this issue using a Midwestern longitudinal data set that tracks the transition to first parenthood for 169 married couples. We focus on performance of the "messier" tasks of infant care. We find little evidence that religiousness enhances father involvement in this domain. Biblically conservative couples exhibit a greater gender gap in child care than others, with mothers more involved than fathers. The gender gap is also greater the more fathers work outside the home, the greater mothers' knowledge of infant development, and the less adaptable the infant. Average daily child care is lower the greater spouses' work hours, but higher with difficult pregnancies or fussy babies.
Descriptors: Evidence, Infant Care, Child Care, Religious Factors, Father Attitudes, Parent Participation, Child Rearing, Longitudinal Studies, Adjustment (to Environment), Parents, Data Analysis, Gender Differences, Social Influences, Beliefs
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Education Level: Adult Education
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