WCBE Stories
12:46 am
Mon June 30, 2008

Moms hold key to Dad's involvement

Columbus,Ohio – Mothers play the key role in determining how much fathers become involved in taking care of their infants, According to new research conducted by Ohio State University and the University of Illinois. A study of nearly a hundred couples found that fathers were more involved when they recieved active encouragment from their wife or partner. Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, OSU assistant professor of human development and family science, co-authored the study. She tells Mike Foley it's the first actual evidence that a mother's behavior either enhances or curtails how much dads take part in caring for the baby.