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Doing the Scut Work of Infant Care: Does Religiousness Encourage Father Involvement?
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PMID:  21966024     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Considerable debate exists regarding whether religiousness promotes or impedes greater father involvement in parenting. Our study addresses this issue using a Midwestern longitudinal dataset 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 childcare 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 more unadaptable the infant. Average daily childcare is lower the greater spouses' work hours, but higher with difficult pregnancies or fussy babies.
Alfred Demaris; Annette Mahoney; Kenneth I Pargament
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of marriage and the family     Volume:  73     ISSN:  0022-2445     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375376     Medline TA:  J Marriage Fam     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  354-368     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Sociology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403. .
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R24 HD050959-06//NICHD NIH HHS; R24 HD050959-07//NICHD NIH HHS

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