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Title:Commitment to fathering: A structural equation model of college men's parental intentions
Author(s):Garrett, John C.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Fitzgerald, Louise F.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Psychology, Social
Psychology, General
Psychology, Clinical
Abstract:Previous research has examined variables such as educational level and socioeconomic status (Barnett & Baruch, 1987; Blood & Wolfe, 1960; Coverman, 1985; Crouter et al., 1987; Radin, 1981), and sex-role attitudes (Baruch & Barnett, 1981; McHale & Huston, 1984; Pleck, 1985) on parental involvement and attitudes about parental roles, and Gilbert and Hanson (1982, 1983) developed the Perceptions of Parental Role Scales to measure such attitudes more comprehensively. Most of these studies, however, examined variables in isolation, and none attempted to develop a comprehensive model of the ways in which they might interact with each other. The present study proposed to fill this gap by testing such a comprehensive model predicting men's intentions to become involved in parenting. The model proposed that intention to parent is influenced by the individual man's feelings about his own parenting (PS), his socialization into the world of work (CS), his attitudes about male and female sex-roles respectively (AMSR, AFSR), and his beliefs about what parenting behaviors are appropriate and important for mothers and fathers (PMR and PFR, respectively).
The results indicate that men's parental intentions are affected mainly by their beliefs about what is important for fathers to do (PFR), which was in turn influenced by their feelings about their own parenting, particularly what they received from their father. Beliefs about appropriate sex-roles more generally, although affected by parental socialization, did not exert influence (either direct or indirect) on the participants' own plans and intentions for their future fathering behavior.
Issue Date:1992
Rights Information:Copyright 1992 Garrett, John C.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9305532
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9305532

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