Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 354–374 | Cite as

Spousal Childcare Involvement and Perceived Support for Paid Work

  • Julie Press
  • Jay FaganEmail author


This study of 76 married or cohabiting two-earner families examined the influence of spouse/partner involvement in childcare and other demand and resource variables on mothers’ and fathers’ perceptions of spouse/partner support for paid work. Gender had a significant influence on the relationship between spouse/partner involvement in childcare and support for paid work. Mothers were more likely to report support for paid work when their spouse/partner shared more of the responsibilities associated with childcare. Fathers were more likely to report support for work when their spouse/partner shared fewer of the responsibilities associated with childcare. The findings also suggest that fathers’ perceptions of spouse/partner support for work are more sensitive to ecological factors than are mothers’ perceptions of support for work.


Childcare family work conflict housework spouse support 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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