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Maternal gatekeeping, coparenting quality, and fathering behavior in families with infants.
J Fam Psychol. 2008 Jun; 22(3):389-98.JF

Abstract

The present study examined the role of maternal gatekeeping behavior in relation to fathers' relative involvement and competence in child care in 97 families with infant children. Parents' beliefs about fathers' roles were assessed prior to their infant's birth. Parents' perceptions of maternal gatekeeping behavior (encouragement and criticism) and coparenting relationship quality were assessed at 3.5 months postpartum. The authors assessed fathers' relative involvement and competence in child care using a combination of parent report and observational measures. Results suggest that even after accounting for parents' beliefs about the paternal role and the overall quality of the coparenting relationship, greater maternal encouragement was associated with higher parent-reported relative father involvement. Moreover, maternal encouragement mediated the association between coparenting quality and reported relative father involvement. With respect to fathers' observed behavior, fathers' beliefs and parents' perceptions of coparenting relationship quality were relevant only when mothers engaged in low levels of criticism and high levels of encouragement, respectively. These findings are consistent with the notion that mothers may shape father involvement through their roles as "gatekeepers."

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA. schoppe-sullivan.1@osu.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18540767

Citation

Schoppe-Sullivan, Sarah J., et al. "Maternal Gatekeeping, Coparenting Quality, and Fathering Behavior in Families With Infants." Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), vol. 22, no. 3, 2008, pp. 389-98.
Schoppe-Sullivan SJ, Brown GL, Cannon EA, et al. Maternal gatekeeping, coparenting quality, and fathering behavior in families with infants. J Fam Psychol. 2008;22(3):389-98.
Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Brown, G. L., Cannon, E. A., Mangelsdorf, S. C., & Sokolowski, M. S. (2008). Maternal gatekeeping, coparenting quality, and fathering behavior in families with infants. Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 22(3), 389-98. https://doi.org/10.1037/0893-3200.22.3.389
Schoppe-Sullivan SJ, et al. Maternal Gatekeeping, Coparenting Quality, and Fathering Behavior in Families With Infants. J Fam Psychol. 2008;22(3):389-98. PubMed PMID: 18540767.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Maternal gatekeeping, coparenting quality, and fathering behavior in families with infants. AU - Schoppe-Sullivan,Sarah J, AU - Brown,Geoffrey L, AU - Cannon,Elizabeth A, AU - Mangelsdorf,Sarah C, AU - Sokolowski,Margaret Szewczyk, PY - 2008/6/11/pubmed PY - 2008/8/22/medline PY - 2008/6/11/entrez SP - 389 EP - 98 JF - Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43) JO - J Fam Psychol VL - 22 IS - 3 N2 - The present study examined the role of maternal gatekeeping behavior in relation to fathers' relative involvement and competence in child care in 97 families with infant children. Parents' beliefs about fathers' roles were assessed prior to their infant's birth. Parents' perceptions of maternal gatekeeping behavior (encouragement and criticism) and coparenting relationship quality were assessed at 3.5 months postpartum. The authors assessed fathers' relative involvement and competence in child care using a combination of parent report and observational measures. Results suggest that even after accounting for parents' beliefs about the paternal role and the overall quality of the coparenting relationship, greater maternal encouragement was associated with higher parent-reported relative father involvement. Moreover, maternal encouragement mediated the association between coparenting quality and reported relative father involvement. With respect to fathers' observed behavior, fathers' beliefs and parents' perceptions of coparenting relationship quality were relevant only when mothers engaged in low levels of criticism and high levels of encouragement, respectively. These findings are consistent with the notion that mothers may shape father involvement through their roles as "gatekeepers." SN - 0893-3200 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18540767/Maternal_gatekeeping_coparenting_quality_and_fathering_behavior_in_families_with_infants_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/fam/22/3/389 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -