Division of household labor and child care in dual-earner African-American families with infants

Ziarat Hossain, Jaipaul L. Roopnarine

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Abstract

This study examined 63 middle- to lower-middle income dual-earner African-American mothers' and fathers' involvement in child care with their infant and in household work, and the degree of support they received for child care. Although analysis revealed gender-differentiated patterns of involvement in care giving and household work along traditional lines, African-American fathers were far from being distant or uninvolved in these activities. Father involvement in child care and household activities did not vary as a function of whether mothers worked full time or part time. The data are discussed with respect to possible gender role convergence in child care and household work in African-American families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-583
Number of pages13
JournalSex Roles
Volume29
Issue number9-10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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