This article was edited by Ralph LaRossa.
Gendered Expectations? Reconsidering Single Fathers’ Child-Care Time
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
© National Council on Family Relations, 2008
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 70, Issue 4, pages 978–990, November 2008
How to Cite
Hook, J. L. and Chalasani, S. (2008), Gendered Expectations? Reconsidering Single Fathers’ Child-Care Time. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70: 978–990. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2008.00540.x
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2008
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
- child care;
- single-parent families
We take a fresh look at an important question in the sociology of gender and family: Do single fathers “mother”? We add to the theoretical debate by proposing that single fathers face competing interactional pressures, to simultaneously act like mothers and men. Using nationally representative data from the American Time Use Survey 2003 – 2006 (N = 16,654), we compare the time single fathers spend on child care to other parent types, paying special attention to differences in employment profiles, household composition, and care arrangements. Accounting for these differences, single fathers spend slightly less time caring for children than do mothers, but more time than married fathers. Interesting differences emerge, however, depending upon the age of the youngest child in the household.