Paternal involvement in child care as a function of maternal employment in nuclear and extended families in India

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Paternal involvement in childcare as a function of family structure and maternal employment status was assessed in 92 dual-wage and 103 single-wage Indian families with preschool-aged children residing in different areas of New Delhi, India. Mothers and fathers completed Radin's Paternal Involvement in Child Care Index (PICCI). Data showed that parents in single-wage families spent more time in primary caregiving compared with parents in dual-wage families. Fathers' involvement scores on the different components of the PICCI did not vary as a function of mother's employment status or family structure. Data are discussed with respect to the rigidity of men's roles in a historically patriarchal society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)731-744
Number of pages14
JournalSex Roles
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - May 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Gender Studies

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