Revealing Sources of Gendered Parenthood: A multi-method comparative study of the transition to parenthood in same-sex and opposite-sex couples (GENPARENT)

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Funding source

EU Seventh Framework Programme - ERC Consolidator Grant

Project Details

Start date: 01/08/2018
End date: 31/07/2023
Funding: 1999910 EUR


This project is the first to apply an inclusive, internationally
comparative, multi-methods approach to families to reveal the complex processes
that result in a gendered division of work. We do this by comparing
different-sex couples (DSC) to same-sex couples (SSC) focusing on the
transition to parenthood and its career related consequences based on unique,
population register data, census data and surveys, as well in depth interviews
with couples. Three sub-projects emerge. In GENPARENT NORTH, longitudinal
analyses of register data for the full population in the Nordic countries
enable unique studies of the division of work and care in DSC and female SSC in
a most similar-case comparison where the couples are matched on important
background characteristics. In GENPARENT REGIME, the Nordic countries, the
Netherlands and the US are compared in cross-sectional, quantitative analyses
of female and male SSC and DSC with biological or adoptive children, their
division of paid/unpaid work and the resulting career trajectories. Preliminary
analyses indicate that family leave policies apply to some but not all families
and this clearly structures the division of work and earnings in them. In GENPARENT
VOICE, in-depth interviews with female and male SSC (planning for or having
children) and adoptive DSC parents are carried out in order to explore the
reasoning and expectations that precede the realized divisions of child care
and paid work. In addition, the legal and social issues facing these families
is highlighted. Interviews are conducted in Sweden and the Netherlands and for
these countries, we have unique, longitudinal in-depth interviews with DSC
expecting and having their first child. By comparing SSC to DSC and combining
cross-sectional and longitudinal quantitative analyses with in-depth
interviews, the GENPARENT project critically evaluate and develop theories on
the gendered transition to parenthood, while expanding on and updating the
welfare regime framework.

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