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ERIC Number: ED466525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Good Dads: Religion, Civic Engagement, & Paternal Involvement in Low-Income Communities. CRRUCS Report.
Wilcox, W. Bradford
This study explores connections between religion, civic engagement, and paternal involvement, using nationally representative data from the National Survey of Families and Households. Dependent variables are one-to-one interaction, dinner attendance, and youth-related activities. Results find that residential fathers who are involved in religious organizations are significantly more likely to have dinner with their children and be involved in youth-related activities such as the Boy Scouts or sports teams. These findings do not appear to be artifacts of a father's more generic integration into the social order. The study also finds that the links between religious involvement and paternal involvement are particularly strong for lower-income fathers. Finally, the study finds that non-religious forms of civic engagement are positively related to higher levels of paternal involvement. The paper concludes by calling for more private and public efforts to support and study the role that religious and non-religious civic institutions play in family life, particularly in low-income communities where declines in civic engagement have been most pronounced. (Contains 25 endnotes.) (SM)
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Center for Civic Innovation, 52 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017. Tel: 212-599-7000; Fax: 212-599-3494; e-mail: For full text:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Manhattan Inst., New York, NY. Center for Civic Innovation.; Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Center for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society.