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Fathers, Sons, and Daughters: Differential Paternal Involvement in Parenting

Citation

Harris, Kathleen Mullan & Morgan, S. Philip (1991). Fathers, Sons, and Daughters: Differential Paternal Involvement in Parenting. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 53(3), 531-44.

Abstract

This study examines cross-sectional differences in fathers' involvement with their adolescent chidren, using data from the National Survey of Children. The analysis focuses on 184 sib pairs and identifies factors associated with variability both within and between sibships. Characteristics that differentiate sibs—age and gender—are found to affect within-family variability. Gender composition, birth order, education of father, and wife's report of marital satisfaction are associated with variability in father's involvement across sibships. More detailed analysis of the effects of gender and gender composition suggest that while daughters receive less attention from fathers than do sons, this differential is attenuated by belonging to a sibship that contains more brothers. That is, daughters with brothers are advantaged relative to other girls. Sons are advantaged by being the "only boy."

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/352730

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Marriage and the Family

Author(s)

Harris, Kathleen Mullan
Morgan, S. Philip

Year Published

1991

Volume Number

53

Issue Number

3

Pages

531-44

Reference ID

823