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Study: Dad's role in the household can shape his daughter's future

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A new study says a dad's role in the household can shape his daughter's future. (Source: CNN) A new study says a dad's role in the household can shape his daughter's future. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - A new study says parents who share those responsibilities may also be sharing an important lesson, specifically with their daughters.

The new research was just published in the journal Psychological Science.

They conclude that fathers who share the work load around the house are more likely to raise daughters who aspire to less traditional and potentially higher paying careers.

Researchers focused on more than 300 girls ages 7 to 13 and at least one of their parents. They looked at the division of labor in the household and the career the child was already identifying with.

They found a mother's beliefs on gender and work roles predicted a child's attitude toward gender.

But it was the father's role in household chores that was the strongest predictor of the girl's professional ambition.

In a traditional division of labor at home, the daughters were much more likely to envision themselves in a traditionally female career, like teacher, nurse or stay at home mom.

The researchers say this suggests that daughters develop broader career goals in the homes where chores are shared.

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