Parental caregiving cognitive control complexity: A new construct for understanding parental caregiving behavior and caregiving identity commitment
Prior research has identified parental cognitions as a potentially important aspect of parenting. This exploratory study proposes Parental Caregiving Cognitive Control Complexity (PC4) as a new construct concerning parental cognitions. PC4 was assessed in both mothers and fathers among 29 couples (N = 58) with a preschool aged child using a semi-structured interview format. Associations of PC4 to parental gender, caregiving identity commitment, and self-reported caregiving involvement were investigated. Mothers' and fathers' means on PC4 were almost identical. Higher PC4 was associated with caregiving identity commitment for both fathers and mothers. Among fathers, PC4 was negatively associated with their self-reported caregiving involvement. This research advances prior research on parental cognitions by establishing associations between PC4 and both parental identity and self-reported parental involvement.
Families & family life;
0451: Social psychology
0628: Families & family life
0628: Personal relationships