The results from our research have now been presented in a report, revealing that current state and workplace policies are not compatible with parents’ views and preferences.

Combining survey data from a nationally representative sample of British parents as well as in-depth interviews with couples with young children, our report explains that both fathers and mothers in all the parenting arrangements want to spend time with their children and be closely involved in their lives. However, most couples feel forced to identify a main carer with reduced involvement in paid work, and a main breadwinner with reduced involvement in childcare.   

Caregiving dads, breadwinning mums: Transforming gender in work and childcare, a major mixed-methods study funded by the Nuffield Foundation, compared couples in which childcare responsibilities are shared equally, or assumed primarily by the father, with more traditional arrangements.

For media queries please contact Dr Ana Jordan, anajordan@lincoln.ac.uk 

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