ERIC Number: ED241181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-10
Reference Count: 0
Father's Roles with Children and Youth: Present at Birth, Discouraged Thereafter?
Yogman, Michael W.
Research on the relationship between fathers and their children was provided to the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families. Six areas were highlighted in terms of what has been learned about the father/child relationship, what information is still needed, and policy implications. Principal assertions included the following points: (1) fathers are increasing their involvement in family life in all subcultures and social classes, and this trend is likely to continue; (2) fathers can and do form significant meaningful relationships with their infants right from birth; (3) fathers are more likely to be their infant's play partner and have a qualitatively distinct style of play that is more stimulating and arousing than play among mothers and infants; (4) father's actual ongoing involvement with his child is influenced by forces within the family (mother's wishes, marital quality) and by forces outside the family (illness, job loss); (5) involvement of fathers during perinatal period is at a high level, currently approaching l00 across social classes and sub-cultures; (6) father participation in school programs and involvement with older children seems to diminish rapidly after infancy. (Author/BJD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: House of Representatives
Note: Paper presented at the Hearing: Paternal Absence and Father's Roles before the Economic Security Task Force, Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. House of Representatives (Washington, DC, November 10, 1983).