ERIC Number: EJ882107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Nurturing Fathers: A Qualitative Examination of Child-Father Attachment
Goodsell, Todd L.; Meldrum, Jaren T.
Early Child Development and Care, v180 n1-2 p249-262 Jan 2010
This research investigates the meaning of child-father attachment where the child feels close to the father but distant from the mother. A categorical-content narrative analysis was conducted of four transcripts of interviews with women who were becoming mothers for the first time and who exhibited this pattern. The analysis suggests the importance of nurturing fathering, and also that these fathers can differ in their motivations and in the social contexts of their fathering. Self-assertive fathering and compensatory fathering are concepts suggested to capture this difference. The link between father involvement and child-father attachment is explored. Implications for practice and for future research are presented.
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Fathers, Attachment Behavior, Mothers, Content Analysis, Interviews, Personal Narratives, Social Environment, Parent Participation, Mother Attitudes
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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