Do sexist mothers change more diapers? Ambivalent sexism, maternal gatekeeping and the division of childcare

Gaunt, Ruth and Pinho, Mariana (2018) Do sexist mothers change more diapers? Ambivalent sexism, maternal gatekeeping and the division of childcare. Sex Roles . ISSN 0360-0025

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-017-0864-6

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Abstract

This study examined the role of ambivalent sexist ideologies in the division of childcare responsibilities. It proposed maternal gatekeeping as a mediator through which hostile sexist attitudes toward men and women facilitate gendered division of childcare. A sample of 207 mothers with at least one child aged 6 years or younger completed extensive questionnaires. As hypothesized, the mother’s hostile sexist attitudes toward men and women were positively related to maternal gatekeeping tendencies. Gatekeeping, in turn, was related to the mother’s greater time investment in childcare and greater share of childcare tasks relative to the father. Finally, hostile sexist attitudes toward men and women had an indirect effect on the mother’s hours of care and relative share of childcare tasks, mediated though maternal gatekeeping. The findings underscore the importance of investigating the mechanisms through which sexist ideologies are translated into daily behaviors that help maintain a gendered social structure. They may be utilized to inform parenting interventions aimed at increasing collaborative family work and fathers’ participation.

Keywords:ambivalent sexism, benevolent sexism, hostile sexism, childcare, father involvement, maternal gatekeeping
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:14 Nov 2017 12:52

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