ERIC Number: ED436313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
The Longitudinal Association between Perceived Job Characteristics and Fathers' Relationships with Their Children.
Repetti, Rena L.
This longitudinal study examined the effects of fathers' perceptions of work stress on the father-child relationship. The sample of families was fairly homogenous: all two-parent families, primarily white and of European descent, with a target child who, at the beginning of the study, was in fourth grade. In a little less than half the families, the mothers were not employed outside the home. Children were interviewed in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, and their parents completed questionnaires in each of those years. Assessments of the parent-child relationship were based on data from both the father and the target child. Findings suggest that fathers' perceptions of chronic stress at work, over a 1-year period, had a negative impact on the father-child relationship. The effects were observed in terms of increases in parental withdrawal and more aversive father-child interactions. The data suggest that these findings were stronger among father-son dyads than among father-daughter dyads. Some variation from this pattern was found for the single-earner families. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Albuquerque, NM, April 15-18, 1999).