Do men with traditional gender role attitudes make better fathers?

This study examined the association between paternal and maternal employment changes and changes in the frequency of fathers praising, showing affection, disciplining, and reading to children. Data were drawn from the Young Adult supplement to the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (1979). Supporting economic theory, fathers were more involved when they and their partner were employed full time and were less involved when their employment exceeded that of their partner. Although fathers tended to be less involved when they worked less, fathers who held traditional gender role attitudes were more involved than those who held nontraditional gender role attitudes. The results suggest the important part fathers’ attitudes and values have in influencing their involvement with children under differing employment conditions.

Source: “Does Change in Young Men’s Employment Influence Fathering?” from Family Relations, Volume 59, Issue 4, pages 479–493, October 2010

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