Fathering Behavior Within the Context of Role Expectations and Marital Satisfaction: Framework for Studying Fathering Behavior.

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Journal Name
Journal of Family Strengths
Journal Volume
12
Journal Issue
1; art. 7
Page Count
25
Year Published
2012
Author (Individual)
Trahan, Mark.
Cheung, Monit.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English
A father's participation in a child's life has been regarded as a significant factor in the enhancement of a couple's relationship. Although the investigations between paternal behavior and marital satisfaction come with mixed results, they clearly link the concepts of maternal and paternal role expectations to paternal behavior, which can be also moderated by earner status, child's gender, and traditional versus contemporary role expectations. Research needs to focus on examining how individuals' perceptions of role expectations relate to fathers' actual parenting behavior. Therefore, a framework that outlines the interaction between and among these variables is developed, as supported by recent literature as a guide for future research directives. Key Take Away Points: (1) Build a conceptual framework to study fathering behavior; (2) Explore research questions: a) Does the difference between individual perceptions of roles of fathering and actual behavior have a bearing on the performance of these roles? and b) Does the difference between expectations of fathering behavior and actual behavior result in differences of marital satisfaction? and (3) Provide a graphic presentation of the conceptual framework that focuses on examining how individuals' perceptions of role expectations relate to fathers' actual parenting behavior. (Author abstract)

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