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ERIC Number: ED413085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 14
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Longitudinal Sequelae of Fathers' Sensitivity while Challenging the Child during Joint Play.
Kindler, Heinz; Grossmann, Karin
A supportive father as well as a supportive mother may foster offspring's healthy development. But what the behavior of a supportive parent looks like may in part depend upon whether the parent is a mother or a father. From the beginnings of empirical research on fathers, the father's role in traditional western families has been conceptualized as familiarizing the child with the demands of the world outside the family. Within the German Bielefeld Longitudinal Study, one aspect of paternal ability to fulfill this role has been assessed by examining fathers' sensitivity in challenging the child (age 24 months) during a play-situation. The fathers were asked to introduce a new play material to the child. Later, developmental sequelae on children's peer competencies and coping strategies, as assessed from interviews at age 16, were studied. Paternal sensitivity in challenging during toddlerhood, as assessed with macro- as well as microanalytic measures, turned out to be related to adolescents' peer integration, friendship quality, conflict resolution in close friendships, and hostility. Additionally, gender-specific relations emerged. Paternal sensitivity in challenging during toddlerhood showed associations with the use of active coping strategies for girls and the use of mental coping strategies for boys. Findings point to the possibility that challenging sensitively may be an important qualitative aspect of fathering during toddlerhood.(Contains 13 references.)(Author/SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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