Parental roles improve life satisfaction
The mother looks after the children, the father
works full time - these traditional roles stubbornly remained the norm for a
long time. But
In recent decades, the normative expectations
of mothers and fathers have changed. Motherhood is no longer seen as an
obligatory part of female identity and fulfillment. It is no longer
automatically expected that mothers will give up paid work, and it is becoming
increasingly normal for fathers to have a more active role in raising and
caring for children.
Researchers at the University of Zurich (UZH) investigated what effect these changed societal expectations have had on the life satisfaction of mothers and fathers based on data on more than 18,000 women and almost 12,000 men who were surveyed between 1984 and 2015.
Parents and children benefit from modern policy measures. Parental leave enables mothers and fathers to share childcare responsibilities and to be involved in their children's upbringing. The roles and responsibilities are more equally distributed between mothers and fathers nowadays. Such aspects have a positive effect on parents' life satisfaction.