ERIC Number: ED177386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Father's Perception of His Role and the Child's Development.
Adams, Kathrynn A.; Davis, Liane V.
Although mothers remain the primary caretakers of children, recent empirical evidence supports the notion that fathers are important in the lives of even very young children. This study examined relationships between fathers' and mothers' attitudes toward childrearing (as measured by the Parent Attitude Research Instrument), their beliefs about internal and external factors which they perceive to be important to be a successful father or mother and the cognitive, social, and sex role development of their preschool children. Fathers' and mothers' authoritarianism and warmth and internal and external orientations were consistently and yet differently related to the development of their sons and daughters. These results imply that the father's role as a caretaker in contemporary middle-class families is not redundant with the mother's role, but is truly different. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978)