ERIC Number: ED458345
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Oct-23
Comparing Father and Mother Reports of Father Involvement among Low-Income Minority Families. JCPR Working Paper.
Coley, Rebekah Levine; Morris, Jodi Eileen
This study examined predictors of father involvement and father-mother discrepancies in reports of involvement within a low-income, predominantly minority sample of families with both residential and nonresidential fathers. The study used matched pairs of fathers and mothers with preschool children from the first wave of Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three City Study, a longitudinal analysis of the impact of federal welfare reforms on children, parents, and families. The study included a survey of children and their primary female caregivers from low-income families, interviews with biological fathers, videotaped assessments of children, observations of child care settings, interviews with child care providers, and a longitudinal ethnographic study of 215 families residing in the same neighborhoods as the survey families. Paired hierarchical linear modeling was used to control for the interrelation between pairs of reporters. Data analysis indicated that although father and mother reports were similar, mothers consistently reported lower levels of father involvement than did fathers. Parental conflict, father's nonresidence, father's age, and mother's education and employment predicted greater discrepancy across father and mother reports. (Contains 31 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Fatherless Family, Fathers, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Mothers, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Preschool Children
For full text: http://www.jcpr.org/wp/WPprofile.cfm?ID=278. DULmorris_sg00_01.pdf
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (DHHS), Washington, DC. Office of Evaluation and Technical Analysis.
Authoring Institution: Joint Center for Poverty Research, IL.