How does becoming a parent shape gender role attitudes?

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Elena Grinza, Francesco Devicienti, Mariacristina Rossi and Davide Vannoni

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Key points: Overall, new mothers significantly shifted their gender role attitudes to become more traditional, while new fathers did not
experience any significant change. This change in gender role attitudes was strong and significant for those who held progressive views before having a child, both for men and women. Living in local areas, and having personal situations, that imposed more traditional
roles for new parents led to greater shifts towards holding more traditional gender attitudes.


Childbearing: Fertility, Life Course Analysis, Social Attitudes and Sociology Of Households


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