ERIC Number: ED428884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul-31
Conference on Father Involvement: A Summary Report (Bethesda, MD, October 10-11, 1996).
Greene, Angela Dungee; Emig, Carol
Despite a strong and persistent interest in fathers and concern about their absence in children's lives, there is little information on the complex ways fathers make contributions to their families and children. Six major topic areas were covered by panels of experts during the conference: (1) economic, sociological, psychological, and anthropological perspectives on father involvement; (2) patterns of father involvement in two-parent and single-father families, child support and visitation patterns, and differences in patterns between biological and nonbiological fathers; (3) predictors of father involvement for divorced and unmarried fathers; (4) father involvement and outcomes among young children; (5) father involvement and outcomes among adolescents and young adults; and (6) father involvement and outcomes for fathers. A final panel of experts highlighted prevailing themes of the conference, pointed out policy implications, identified major perspectives on father involvement, and considered government's role. Following the main conference a half-day Methodology Workshop was held on October 12, 1996 to provide a forum for more in-depth discussion of methodological issues related to the study of father involvement. Issues discussed in the Methodology Workshop included survey design issues and the selection of survey topics. A list of conference papers is appended. (KB)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Child Development, Child Rearing, Child Support, Children, Developmental Psychology, Divorce, Economics, Family Structure, Fathers, Marital Satisfaction, One Parent Family, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Predictor Variables, Program Evaluation, Sociology
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Kaiser Foundation, Oakland, CA.
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Prepared for the NICHD Family and Child Well-Being Research Network by Child Trends, Inc.