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Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare statesComparing care policies and practice$
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Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310471

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310471.001.0001

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Gender regime, attitudes towards childcare and actual involvement in childcare among fathers

Gender regime, attitudes towards childcare and actual involvement in childcare among fathers

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(p.163) Eight Gender regime, attitudes towards childcare and actual involvement in childcare among fathers
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Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare states
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Mikael Nordenmark

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310471.003.0008

The aim of this study was to analyse the relationships between gender policy regimes, attitudes towards family responsibilities and actual involvement in family life among fathers. The analysis is based on an extensive cross-country data set collected within the framework of the European Social Survey (ESS) 2004. Results show that the dual earner/dual carer regime fathers are more involved in both housework and childcare than the male breadwinner regime fathers. There is a correspondence between statements about which role fathers should play and how they actually become involved in family life, and fathers’ attitudes towards family responsibilities explain some of the differences between gender policy regimes regarding the actual involvement of fathers in housework and childcare.

Keywords:   attitudes, childcare, fathers, family life, gender policy regime, housework

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