ERIC Number: ED417844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-9
Fathers Caring for Children: Research and Resources.
Seward, Rudy Ray; Yeatts, Dale E.
This paper reviews studies examining the amount of time spent by fathers and mothers in child care activities, characteristics of fathers who spend more time with their children, ways to enhance fathers' child care performance, and the role of parent education in fatherhood. The paper also contains a list of organizations providing resources or training for those interested in fatherhood and family support and a list of World Wide Web resources. The major findings reported in this paper include: (1) most adults agree that parents should equally share child care responsibilities; (2) while mothers still spend more time with children than fathers, the time spent is becoming more equally distributed in terms of supervision and one-on-one activities; (3) most mothers are still in charge of child care, with fathers helping out; (4) the best predictor of the time fathers devote to supervising children was the amount of time parents spent in paid employment, with other predictors including education, race, income, and age and number of children; (5) growing up without a father has negative consequences for children; (6) the work environment and the marital relationship influence fathers' relationship with their children; and (7) parent education programs must be structurally amenable and functionally pertinent for men. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (59th, Crystal City, VA, November 9, 1997).