What is it about?
This study uses national data collected in Singapore to examine whether a father taking paternity leave may affect family dynamics and children’s social-emotional well-being in early childhood. We found that when a father takes a 2-week or longer paternity leave, the family has lower conflicts, and the mother feels less stress in parenting and is more satisfied with their marriage. Fathers who take paternity leave tend to be more involved in childcare and have a closer relationship with the child. Through this process, paternity leave-taking is linked to fewer behavior problems when children turn 3-6.
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Why is it important?
Relatively short paternity leave (two weeks) can have long-term benefits for family relations and children’s social-emotional well-being. These results have policy implications for countries that are seeking solutions to improve gender equality and family dynamics to boost the low marriage and fertility rates, particularly in societies where patriarchy is prevalent.
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This page is a summary of: Paternity leave, family dynamics, and children's behavior in Singapore, Journal of Marriage and Family, November 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12896.
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Singapore Longitudinal Early Development Study (SG LEADS)
This project examines human development in Singapore by using innovative methods to understand factors that can promote Singaporean children’s early childhood development, and provide input that can help address these factors. The main research questions are on the state of Singaporean children; how family, childcare and early education institutions, community, and state interact to shape the development of Singapore’s children; and, how these investments affect intergenerational mobility and social stratification in Singapore.
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