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    Daddy’s (not) home: work and gender-related factors in men’s attitudes toward Shared Parental Leave

    Holloway, Victoria G. and Dhensa-Kahlon, Rashpal and Beauregard, T. Alexandra (2024) Daddy’s (not) home: work and gender-related factors in men’s attitudes toward Shared Parental Leave. Community, Work & Family , ISSN 1366-8803.

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    Uptake of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) in the UK remains poor, with fewer than 2% of eligible fathers utilising the policy since its introduction in 2015. With limited extant research addressing the policy, reasons behind the low level of uptake remain unclear. Specifically, the role of work (family supportive organisation perceptions [FSOP]) and gender-related factors (perceived social identity threat and traditional gender role orientation) in men’s attitudes towards SPL have been largely overlooked. Addressing this gap, this study sought to identify the extent to which work and gender-related factors influenced employed men’s attitudes towards SPL, utilising social role theory to understand the mechanisms underpinning these relationships. A survey of 120 employed men living and working in the UK captured attitudes towards SPL, traditional gender role orientation, perceived social identity threat, and FSOP. Results showed that perceived social identity threat was positively associated with traditional gender role orientation. Traditional gender role orientation was, in turn, the mechanism through which FSOP and perceived social identity threat affected attitudes towards SPL. At low levels, FSOP moderated the relationship between perceived social identity threat and traditional gender role orientation, but did not moderate the indirect effect between perceived threat and attitudes towards SPL. Theoretical contributions and recommendations for organisations to improve workplace gender equality are discussed.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Shared Parental Leave, SPL, Paternity Leave, Parental Leave Attitudes, Gender Roles, Gender Pay Gap
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Alexandra Beauregard
    Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2024 13:42
    Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 07:50


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