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ERIC Number: EJ942245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1088-8691
Impact of Father Involvement: A Closer Look at Indirect Effects Models Involving Marriage and Child Adjustment
Goeke-Morey, Marcie C.; Cummings, E. Mark
Applied Developmental Science, v11 n4 p221-225 2007
In this article we present a framework for understanding the indirect effects of fathering on child development in the context of the marriage. We discuss three central pathways of influence: through relations between marital quality and fathering, through children's exposure to father expressions of marital discord, and through relations between marital quality and father psychological functioning. We provide corresponding hypotheses and review recent research to support or refute each. A common theme is that fathers, as well as mothers, have important influences in marital contexts, with some evidence for different or even greater impact of fathers in terms of the relations between the marital relationship and parenting, the impact of child exposure to marital conflict expressions, and as a function of parental symptomatology, although these effects are often complex. We discuss the value of including fathers in research on families and child development, and point out some promising directions for future study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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