Maternal gatekeeping: antecedents and consequences

Gaunt, Ruth (2008) Maternal gatekeeping: antecedents and consequences. Journal of Family Issues, 29 (3). pp. 373-395. ISSN 0192-513X

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This study examined maternal gatekeeping, its background and psychological antecedents, and its consequences for paternal and maternal involvement in childcare. 209 couples with 6 to 36-month-old children completed extensive questionnaires. Analyses revealed that different dimensions of gatekeeping were differentially associated with the psychological antecedents and the consequences of maternal gatekeeping. The standards and responsibilities dimension of gatekeeping was related to the mother’s self-esteem, and predicted the father’s involvement in childcare. The maternal identity confirmation dimension of gatekeeping was related to the salience of the mother’s maternal identity, and predicted her own involvement in childcare. The importance of examining social-psychological characteristics that account for gatekeeping tendencies is discussed and the need to further explore the implications of these tendencies for various forms of involvement in childcare is stressed.

Additional Information:First published online 19 November 2007
Keywords:childcare, father involvement, maternal gatekeeping, parenting
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:6395
Deposited On:01 Oct 2012 21:40

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