AUTHOR : 윤기봉,지연경
INFORMATION : page. 133~153 / 2017 Vol.24 No.3
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of father involvement and parenting stress on marital satisfaction of dual earner couples with preschoolers. Longitudinal dyadic data were drawn from parents with preschoolers from the 5th (2012) to 7th waves (2014) of the Panel Study of Korean Children. Paired t-tests, correlations, and structural equation modeling were employed to investigate the actor-partner effects for data analysis. Overall, wives had higher parenting stress and lower marital satisfaction than husbands; furthermore, when wives reported as such, their husbands followed the same pattern. While couples with greater parenting stress reported lower marital satisfaction showing significant actor effect, the partner effect was significant only for the negative effect of husbands' parenting stress on wives' marital satisfaction. In addition, husbands' parenting stress had larger effects on husbands' own marital satisfaction than the wives' parenting stress. Finally, greater husband involvement in parenting increased wives' marital satisfaction, which was mediated by wives' lower parenting stress. These longitudinal findings suggest that efforts should be directed toward alleviating parenting stress for husbands as well as wives to promote marital well-being among dual career families.