Gendered Parenting and Its Implications for Child Well-being and Couple Relationships, 2006-2008

The focus of this research was to assess the state of social and natural sciences on gender differences in parenting and their consequences for child well-being and marital, as well as non-marital, relationships. A careful investigation and analysis of existing research in the biological and social sciences may help interpret their findings. Determining where fathers and mothers have strengths and weaknesses as parents should help identify where single mothers or fathers might be particularly challenged as parents, how couples can build on gender differences, and suggest possible programmatic strategies for strengthening marriage or helping single parents overcome those challenges. Project outcomes for the grant included commissioned papers, a conference and an edited volume.