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Ryerson University
HIS 105
Vikraman Baskaran

y Walden Universit COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES This is to certify that the doctoral dissertation by John R Colombo has been found to be complete and satisfactory in all respectsand that any and all revisions required bythe review committee have been made Review Committee Dr Gerald B Fuller Committee Chairperson Psychology Faculty Dr James L Carroll Committee Member Psychology Faculty Dr John E Deaton Committee Member Psychology Faculty Chief Academic OfficerDenise DeZolt PhDWalden University 2008 ABSTRACT Personal Dimensions of Masculinity andPsychological WellBeing of StayAtHome Fathersby Jon R Colombo BA Northwestern College 1990 BS Northwestern College 1990 MA St Marys University of Minnesota 1999Dissertation Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement of for the Degree ofDoctor of Philosophy PsychologyWalden University May 2008 Abstract The number of families with a stayathome father has grown in recent years Yet literature indicates that attitudes toward stayathome fathers are very negative Nonetheless little research has been done to answer the question of how well stayathome fathers are doing in terms of their psychological wellbeing The current study sought to determine if these men differ on important aspects of masculinity and psychological wellbeing Masculine Gender Role Stress and Gender Role Conflict theories predict that the psychological wellbeing of men is partly affected by their perceptions of how well they conform to socially prescribed gender roles A sample of 30 stayathome fathers and 30 breadwinning fathers were assessed for personal dimensions of masculinity using the Masculine Gender Roles Stress Scale the Gender Role Conflict Scale and the MasculinityFemininity scale of the MMPI2 Participants were also assessed for depression anxiety anger and selfesteem using 4 content scales of the MMPI2 MANOVAANOVA results revealed no differences between groups on these 4 measures of psychological wellbeing However significant differences were found on all three measures of masculinity demonstrating that athome dads were less influenced by traditional standards of masculinity than traditional breadwinning fathers This helps to reduce concern about the psychological wellbeing of stayathome fathers and encourages positive social change by helping to remove the stigma associated with the caregiving and domestic roles of fathers This may ultimately promote increased options for families struggling to adapt to a changing society
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