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Shirley Dex and Heather Joshi

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346889

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346889.001.0001

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Parenthood and parenting

Parenthood and parenting

(p.175) Seven Parenthood and parenting
Children of the 21st century

Lisa Calderwood

Kathleen Kiernan

Heather Joshi

Kate Smith

Kelly Ward

Policy Press

The Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) provides data from mothers and fathers about their involvement with their new baby and in family life, uniquely, for a very large sample of UK fathers. This chapter first examines the effect of the baby. It looks on an under-researched group — fathers — as they appear in the existing literature, followed by a report on the division of domestic work between mothers and fathers. The discussion then presents what the survey finds about fathers' involvement with the cohort child, irrespective of whether they are living in the same home. It also reviews parenting beliefs and attitudes as well as the overlaps in mothers' and fathers' views about parenting, and some of the mothers' feelings about having a new baby.

Keywords:   domestic work, parenting beliefs, cohort child, new baby, UK fathers, MCS

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