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Gatekeeping Scale

The Gatekeeping Scale is a 10-item measure that captures mother’s regulation and assessment of men’s family work.

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Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adults

Items:

Mother's Version
1. In the past 3 months, you frequently re-did some household tasks that your (husband/partner) had not done well.
2. You had higher standards than your (husband/partner) did for how well cared-for the house should be.
3. You had higher standards than your (husband/partner) did for how well cared-for the children should be.
4. You liked being in charge when it came to household tasks and caring for the children.
5. You scheduled household tasks and childcare for your (husband/partner).

Father's Version
6. In the past 3 months, your (wife/partner) frequently re-did some household tasks that you had not done well.
7. You had higher standards than your (wife/partner) did for how well cared-for the house should be.
8. You had higher standards than your (wife/partner) did for how well cared-for the children should be.
9. Your (wife/partner) liked being in charge when it came to household tasks and caring for the children.
10. Your (wife/partner) scheduled household tasks and childcare for you.

Response Options:
4-point Likert scale
Very false - 1
Very true - 4

Scoring Procedures

Mothers’ and fathers’ scores for these items are combined because they report couple level behaviors, resulting in scale scores ranging from 10 to 40, with high scores on the scale indicating that mothers are strong gate keepers.

Original Citation

Pinto, K. M., & Coltrane, S. (2009). Divisions of labor in Mexican origin and Anglo families: Structure and culture. Sex Roles, 60, 482-495. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-008-9549-5

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