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The influence of partner involvement in fatherhood and domestic tasks on mothers’ fertility expectations in Italy

Citation

Pinnelli, Antonella & Fiori, Francesca (2008). The influence of partner involvement in fatherhood and domestic tasks on mothers' fertility expectations in Italy. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers, 6(2), 169-191.

Abstract

Does greater partner involvement in household tasks and childcare increase the mother's desire to have a second or a third child? An answer to this question was sought in Italy, a country characterised by very low fertility. Further comparisons were made between working and non-working mothers. Data from the ISTAT Survey on Births completed in 2000-2001 were used to study the impact of fathers' involvement and mothers' employment on expected fertility of women who had a child between 18 to 21 months prior to their interviews (N = 9,852). Working women had the same fertility intentions as non-working women, but these expectations were conditioned by several factors. Fathers' participation in childcare and domestic activities significantly increased the intention to have a second child for working women, while fathers' participation had no influence on the intentions to have a third child or on fertility intentions of non-working women.

URL

http://mensstudies.info/OJS/index.php/FATHERING/article/view/274

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2008

Journal Title

Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers

Author(s)

Pinnelli, Antonella
Fiori, Francesca