Parenthood and men’s and women’s gender-role attitudes: does child’s gender matter?

Jarrallah, Yara, Perales, Francisco and Baxter, Janeen (2016). Parenthood and men’s and women’s gender-role attitudes: does child’s gender matter?. LCC Working Paper Series 2016-12, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.

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Author Jarrallah, Yara
Perales, Francisco
Baxter, Janeen
Title Parenthood and men’s and women’s gender-role attitudes: does child’s gender matter?
School, Department or Centre Institute for Social Science Research
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Series LCC Working Paper Series
Report Number 2016-12
Publication date 2016-06
Total pages 27
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Gender-role attitudes refer to individuals’ levels of support for a division of labour based on the notion of separate spheres and are closely connected to prevailing gender inequalities at home and at work. Previous research has established that life course transitions are related to within-individual over time change in gender-role attitudes. Most importantly, becoming a parent is associated with shifts towards more traditional gender-role attitudes. Exposure- and interest-based theories of gender-attitude change suggest that the gender of children should influence the pattern of attitude shifts that accompany parenthood, but few studies have investigated this. We do so using Australian panel data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey (n=14,439 individuals) and panel regression models. We find that men’s and women’s gender-role attitudes become more traditional when they become parents, but find little evidence of variations depending on the gender of their children
Keyword Gender
Life events
Transition to parenthood
Life course
Institutional Status UQ

 
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Created: Wed, 15 Jun 2016, 12:34:11 EST by Francisco Paco Perales on behalf of Institute for Social Science Research