The father's role during infancy: Factors that influence maternal expectations

Cameron C. Grant, Anne K Duggan, John S. Andrews, Janet Rose Serwint

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Objective: To describe factors that influence maternal expectations of the father's role during infancy. Research Design: Cross-sectional survey. Setting: Postpartum obstetric ward of an inner-city teaching hospital. Subjects: Mothers who were residents in the inner-city communities that surround the hospital and who were recently delivered of a newborn. Selection Procedure: Consecutive sampling from March to May 1992. Measurements: Through structured maternal interviews, the father's expected role was measured in terms of accessibility, engagement in child care tasks, and decision-making responsibility. Influences included demographics, the mother's desire for the father's involvement, and her perceptions of his motivation, prenatal support, and ability to parent. Results: Of 226 eligible mothers, 197 (87%) were interviewed. Expectations varied widely. Concerning accessibility, 48% and 18% of the mothers expected to see the father daily and less than weekly, respectively. Concerning engagement, 81% of the mothers expected some paternal involvement; the average mother assumed that the father would participate in one third of child care tasks. Concerning decision-making responsibility, 34% of the mothers expected to share all decisions; 30% expected to share none. In all areas, expectations were positively associated with the mother's desires, the strength of the parents' relationship, and the mother's perceptions of the father's motivation and ability to parent and the father's prenatal involvement (all, P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-711
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Volume151
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1997

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Fathers
Mothers
Aptitude
Urban Hospitals
Child Care
Motivation
Decision Making
Community Hospital
Teaching Hospitals
Postpartum Period
Obstetrics
Research Design
Cross-Sectional Studies
Parents
Demography
Newborn Infant
Interviews

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The father's role during infancy : Factors that influence maternal expectations. / Grant, Cameron C.; Duggan, Anne K; Andrews, John S.; Serwint, Janet Rose.

In: Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Vol. 151, No. 7, 07.1997, p. 705-711.

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