Home Health Parents News Now Researchers Ask Whether Women Like Child-Care Tasks Researchers Ask Whether Women Like Child-Care Tasks By Holly Lebowitz Rossi March 26, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Researchers Ask Whether Women Like Child-Care Tasks 29564 On 16 out of 25 child-care tasks — like changing diapers, taking a child to the doctor or getting up in the middle of a night to attend to a child — women reported statistically significant higher levels of enjoyment than men. The only parenting issue that gave women less pleasure than it gave men was having to manage who does what for the child. Over all, women's scores were 10 percent higher than men's. Is it really true that women end up shouldering more of the parenting burden simply because they like it more — or at least dislike it less? Steven Rhoads, a University of Virginia political-science professor and the study's lead author, surmised that some women may have inflated their enjoyment scores because of feelings of guilt or cultural pressure. But he also said some research suggests that a woman's parenting skills are deeply rooted in biology. Women with high levels of testosterone, for instance, often show less interest in babies, while a father's testosterone levels are known to drop when a new baby arrives, ostensibly a biological mechanism to encourage bonding with the infant. Image: Mother changing diaper, via Shutterstock. By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Researchers Ask Whether Women Like Child-Care Tasks Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.