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George Washington University

Publication Date

Spring 2016

Program Name

Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Abstract

Coparenting is an important relationship between mothers and fathers, which children can benefit from.Coparenting involves the active role mothers and fathers play in raising a child as well as communication between mothers and fathers regarding child related issues. Findings show that positive coparenting relationships lead to overall more satisfaction among both mothers and fathers in terms of child rearing. Additionally, positive parental involvement, especially father involvement, is shown to result in overall better psychological, physiological, and emotional development among children. Identifying ways to create positive interactions and ways to coparent can improve a child’s development. This study involves interviews with 8 mothers and fathers in Rabat, Morocco. This study aims to identify ways Moroccan couples coparent, working together to raise their children. A small link was found between increased coparenting and increased levels of father involvement. A link was also found between religion and gender roles within the family. Specifically, this study analyzes how Islam influences gender roles within the family and how fathers engage with their children. This study analyzes how cultural values, gender roles, and societies influences play a role in the coparenting relationship among Moroccan families. This paper will look at how Islam in Morocco affects the dynamic between men and women in terms of child rearing.

Disciplines

Family, Life Course, and Society | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Inequality and Stratification | Sociology | Sociology of Culture