ERIC Number: ED442552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Meaning of Father Involvement for Children. Child Trends Research Brief.
This brief summarizes key research findings on new ways of thinking about father involvement and the roles that fathers play in children's lives. The main points addressed by the brief are as follows: (1) fathers can be involved with their children in more roles than just the provider role; (2) quality counts; (3) different styles of parent-child interaction can contribute in important ways to children's healthy development; and (4) dads are not just substitute moms. The bulk of the report discusses dad as: economic provider; friend and playmate; caregiver; teacher and role model; monitor and disciplinarian; protector; advocate; and resource. (EV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Freddie Mac Foundation, McLean, VA.
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Brief based on literature reviews also prepared by Angela Dungee Greene, Suzanne Le Menestrel, and Kristin A. Moore.