Global pathways to men’s caregiving: Mixed methods findings from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey and the Men Who Care study

Posted by Share-Net NL on August 14, 2014 at 9:38 am

Promoting men’s participation in unpaid care work is part of the Programme of Action for the International Conference on Population and Development. However, men’s involvement in care work does not mirror the advances women have made in paid work outside the home. This mixed method study explores which men are more involved in caregiving, and what childhood and adulthood factors influence their level of involvement. Quantitative research presents findings from 1169 men across six countries with children aged 0–4, and a qualitative study presents findings from in-depth interviews with 83 men engaged in atypical caregiving practices. Survey research finds that being taught to care for children, witnessing one’s father take care of one’s siblings, respondents’ present attitudes about gender equality and having outside help (or none, in some cases) were all also associated with men’s higher level of involvement. Qualitative research reveals that men’s experiences of violence, the normalisation of domestic work as children and life circumstances rather than greater than- average beliefs in gender equality all propelled them into care work. Findings suggest that engaging more men into care work implies changes to policies and structural realities in the workplace coupled with changing gender attitudes. These insights inform policy and practice aimed at promoting greater involvement in care work by men.

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Author:  Kato-Wallace, Jane , , & Barker, GaryEads, Marci Levtov, Ruti
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