Sex Differences in Parenting Behaviors in Single-Mother and Single-Father Households.

Journal Name
Journal of Marriage and Family
Journal Volume
72
Journal Issue
5
Page Count
15
Year Published
2010
Author (Individual)
Dufur, Mikaela J.
Howell, Nyssa C.
Downey, Douglas B.
Ainsworth, James W.
Lapray, Alice J.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English
Research on family structure has led some to claim that sex-based parenting differences exist. But if such differences exist in single-parent families, the absence of a second parent rather than specific sex-typed parenting might explain them. We examine differences in mothering and fathering behavior in single-parent households, where number of parents is held constant, and we describe individualist and structuralist perspectives for potential sex-based parenting behaviors. We compare 3,202 single mothers and 307 single fathers in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (Kindergarten Cohort). Results suggest that, although there are small differences in the parenting behaviors of single mothers and single fathers, differences are sensitive to demographic disparities and do not translate to academic deficits for children in either family type. (Author abstract)

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