By conducting interviews with forty diverse married couples with children under the age of five, the authors measured father responsivity. The three levels of responsivity the study cites refer to the degree to which fathers recognize and attend to the emotional needs of their family; the household and child care tasks, and power and fairness within the couple's relationship. They conclude with suggestions for a new model of fatherhood including explicitly valuing women's work and attending to equality within the relationship.
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Author Dana Matta is an expert in the field of martial and family therapy. He is currently working as a full time therapist at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg and is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University in Greensburg, PA. Dr. Matta is available for media questions and interviews.
Author Carmen Knudson-Martin is the director of the PhD program in marital and family therapy at Loma Linda University. Dr. Knudson-Martin is the author of numerous articles on the subject of couples and gender.
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