ERIC Number: ED454954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Fathers' Activities with Their Kids. Child Trends Research Brief.
Brown, Brett V.; Michelsen, Erik A.; Halle, Tamara G.; Moore, Kristin A.
One of the critical elements of children's healthy development is the participation of parents in important activities in their children's lives. This research brief reports on the involvement of fathers in their children's lives. The brief focuses on the involvement of fathers who live with their children, including single fathers raising their children, in four key areas: (1) general activities; (2) school activities; (3) limit-setting; and (4) religious activities. The data sources were the 1997 Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the 1999 National Household Education Survey, and the 1996 National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Findings from these studies suggest that fathers are likely to be actively engaged in a variety of activities with their children at least once a week, ranging from 25 percent of fathers helping their children build or repair something to 72 percent talking with children about their family. In 1999, between 24 and 33 percent of fathers were highly involved in school activities, depending on the child's age. Fathers with higher levels of education were more likely to report high school involvement than were fathers with less education. More than half the fathers worked on homework with their child at least once a week. In 1997, fathers reported that they often or very often set limits for their children. Almost 30 percent of adolescents in 1996 reported attending a church-related event with their father in the past month. Fathers who were college graduates were more likely to engage their children in religious activities than fathers with less education. Both parents were more likely to provide religious guidance when children were between 11 and 14 years than when they were older. (Contains 30 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Activities, Child Rearing, Children, Comparative Analysis, Fathers, Parent Background, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.