Sex Roles

, Volume 46, Issue 3–4, pp 99–111

Factors Associated with Perceived Paternal Involvement in Childrearing

  • Susan Sanderson
  • Vetta L. Sanders Thompson

DOI: 10.1023/A:1016569526920

Cite this article as:
Sanderson, S. & Thompson, V.L.S. Sex Roles (2002) 46: 99. doi:10.1023/A:1016569526920


Interest in paternal involvement in child care has increased as the demands on the time and resources of maternal caretakers have increased. The purpose of the present study was to examine variables associated with perceived paternal involvement in child care. Participants were 137 (90 European American and 47 African American) fathers of children between the ages of 2 and 6. Hierarchical multiple regression and analyses of variance indicated that ethnicity, gender role orientation, and perceived skill at child care were associated with higher levels of perceived paternal engagement in and responsibility for child care. Partners' work status was associated with perceived paternal responsibility for, but not engagement in child care. Data suggest that fathers' perceptions of their abilities, gender role, and family requirements may combine to influence child care involvement.

fathering paternal involvement father involvement parental involvement 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Sanderson
    • 1
  • Vetta L. Sanders Thompson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Missouri – St. LouisSt. Louis

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