ERIC Number: EJ824369
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
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Reference Count: 150
Fathers' Influences on Children's Development: The Evidence from Two-Parent Families
Lewis, Charlie; Lamb, Michael E.
European Journal of Psychology of Education, v18 n2 p211-228 Jun 2003
Although it is often assumed that men have an important influence on their children's development, the supportive evidence can be difficult to locate and summarize. In this paper, we analyse the evidence with respect to four emergent themes. First, men often appear to interact with their children less sensitively than mothers do, and many children thus appear to form closer attachments to their mothers than to their fathers. Second, the data also indicate that fathers may play specific and important roles, with men in some cultures having clearly defined roles as playmates to their children. Third, paternal play styles predict later socio-emotional development while paternal involvement seems to predict adult adjustment better than maternal involvement does. Such evidence suggests, fourth, that we need appropriate measures of fatherhood that are not simply borrowed from the study of motherhood.
Descriptors: Play, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Fathers, Emotional Development, Parent Influence, Child Development, Gender Differences, Social Development, Adjustment (to Environment), Interaction, Infants, Parenting Styles, Children, Adolescents, Psychological Patterns, Family Environment, Social Influences, Attachment Behavior
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