Survey: 83 percent of Taiwanese dads confident in independent parenting ability

Majority of Taiwanese fathers believe they share equal parenting responsibility with mothers

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/08/04
By: Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Survey shows majority of fathers in Taiwan confident in their parenting skills. (Pixabay photo)\

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A recent survey found that 83 percent of Taiwanese fathers have confidence in their ability to take care of their offspring independently, while 53 percent of mothers express concern about leaving the children alone with their partners.

According to an online survey conducted by the non-profit Hsin-Yi Foundation, 98 percent of the surveyed fathers believe they share as much parenting responsibility as their significant others. Meanwhile, 97 percent indicate that they have a good relationship with their children, and 89 percent regard themselves as "competent" parents.

When asked whether they would choose to become a parent if given a second chance, 71 percent of fathers say they would, but only 53 percent of the mothers express absolute willingness. Close to 90 percent of the mothers also indicate that they would create opportunities for the fathers to spend time alone with the children on purpose, despite not completely trusting their parenting skills.

In regard to who is considered the primary caregiver in the household, 39.5 percent of the respondents say mothers, 4.8 percent say fathers, and 45.2 percent believe it to be both.

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