Kalmijn studied differing levels of investment and marriage protection by looking at four “life course situations”: married parents, parents who divorced while their children were young, parents who divorced when their children were older, and when one of the parents have died (p. 1081). It was shown that each of the aforementioned life course situations impact both levels of investment and marriage protection, and therefore impact intergenerational support later in life. Married fathers spend less time with their children (negatively impacting later contact and support) but these effects are somewhat mitigated by the kinkeeping role of his...
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... to familial roles. We live in a society where women were once the main caretakers and men were the financial providers. From this perspective, it would make sense that there are unequal parental investments in children, as one parent is more readily available and present during formative years. However, with the increasing number of dual-income homes and stay-at-home fathers that we have discussed in units past, to me it would seem that in some cases mothers are investing less in their children and fathers are investing more. So perhaps it should not be a discussion of the difference in support based on gender, so much as a discussion about the differences in support based on a child’s main caretaker versus their secondary caretaker. Do you think that the changes in family dynamic we have seen will affect the outcome of a similar study in the future, why or why not?
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