Having it all – perceived coparenting quality and work-family balance in the context of parental leave. By: Lidbeck, Monica; Bernhardsson, Susanne. Community, Work & Family. December 2021, Vol. 24 Issue 5, p541-558. 18p

The study aimed to explore associations between division of parental leave and perceived quality of coparenting in parents of infants and to compare parents’ work-family balance in terms of satisfaction with time on parental leave and time spent at work. Using survey data from 280 Swedish parents at 18 months after childbirth, we compared parents who shared parental leave equally with those who did not share equally. The primary outcome was parents’ perceived quality of coparenting, operationalised as parenting alliance and satisfaction with their partner’s involvement in caregiving. Satisfaction with time on parental leave and time spent at work was also measured. Both mothers and fathers who shared parental leave equally reported higher coparenting quality than those who did not share leave equally. Mothers who shared parental leave equally reported higher satisfaction with their partner’s involvement in caregiving than those who did not share equally. Our findings suggest that equal division of parental leave is associated with higher perceived quality of coparenting for both mothers and fathers, and higher satisfaction with their work-family balance at 18 months after childbirth.