Moroccan fathers’ involvement in childcare: the case of dual-employed parents

In the past, fathers’ lack of involvement in their children’s life was practically unquestioned. However, with mothers’ participation in the paid labour and the ensuing rise of the dual-earner family over the course of the last few decades, interest has moved to whether and how this change has affected parents’ childcare responsibilities. In this article, we examine data from a sample of 30 dual-employed Moroccan couples with dependent school- aged children to investigate the degree of fathers’ involvement in nine routine childcare-related activities. Findings of the study support previous research showing that while men have largely increased the time they spend with their children, their involvement remains mainly in educational and recreational activities.