Caregiving Dads, Breadwinning Mums: Pathways to the Division of Family Roles among Role-Reversed and Traditional Parents

Pinho, Mariana, Gaunt, Ruth and Gross, Harriet (2021) Caregiving Dads, Breadwinning Mums: Pathways to the Division of Family Roles among Role-Reversed and Traditional Parents. Marriage and Family Review, 57 (4). pp. 346-374. ISSN 0149-4929

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01494929.2021.1875102

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.This study aimed to explore the circumstances and considerations that lead to the allocation of family roles among male carer/female breadwinner families in comparison to traditional parents. A sample of 236 parents with children from birth to 5 years old completed extensive questionnaires about their daily routines and perceptions of their division of responsibilities. Economic considerations or labor market constraints were mentioned as main reasons by parents in both traditional and role-reversed arrangements, however, parents in traditional roles were more likely to mention suitability for the role as a key consideration. The results further showed that main caregivers – fathers and mothers alike – had a higher perception of choice over the allocation of roles and were significantly more satisfied with their division than main breadwinners. The majority of breadwinners wished they could work fewer hours, and breadwinning mothers, more than fathers, wished their partner could work more hours. The findings also shed light on the relationship between perception of choice, satisfaction with the current arrangement and preference for change in the future.

Keywords:Caregiving fathers, breadwinning mothers, role-reserved parenting, family and work, childcare, choice
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
Divisions:Eleanor Glanville Centre
ID Code:44220
Deposited On:15 Mar 2021 10:38

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