The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of parenting beliefs and
maternal gatekeeping on father’s parenting involvement. The participants were
comprised of 459 Korean and Chinese couples with children whose ages ranged
from 3 to 5 years old. The subjects completed questionnaires on the BCPRS
(Beliefs Concerning the Parental Role Scale), the PRI (Parental Regulation
Inventory), and the parenting involvement sub-scale of the productive father’s
parenting scale. The main results were as follows. First, in the father’s parenting
involvement sub-scale, Korean fathers showed a higher value compared to
Chinese fathers. Second, Korean mothers had non-traditional parenting beliefs
than the Chinese mothers had. Third, in regards to maternal gatekeeping, Chinese
mothers more frequently controlled father’s parenting than Korean mothers.
Fourth, it was found that parenting beliefs and maternal gatekeeping in both
countries had a significant influence in father’s parenting involvement.