ERIC Number: ED576222
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Father Involvement and Maternal Depressive Symptoms in Families of Children with Disabilities or Delays
Laxman, Daniel J.; McBride, Brent A.; Jeans, Laurie M.; Dyer, William J.; Santos, Rosa M.; Kern, Justin L.; Sugimura, Niwako; Curtiss, Sarah L.; Weglarz-Ward, Jenna M.
Grantee Submission, Maternal and Child Health Journal v19 p1078-1086 2015
This study examined the longitudinal association between fathers' early involvement in routine caregiving, literacy, play, and responsive caregiving activities at 9 months and maternal depressive symptoms at 4 years. Data for 3,550 children and their biological parents were drawn from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort data set. Analyses in a structural equation modeling framework examined whether the association between father involvement and maternal depressive symptoms differed for families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and for families of children with other disabilities or delays from families of children who were typically developing. Results indicated that father literacy and responsive caregiving involvement were associated with lower levels of depressive symptoms for mothers of children with ASD. These findings indicate that greater father involvement may benefit families of children with ASD and highlight the need to support and encourage service providers to work with fathers.
Descriptors: Mothers, Fathers, Child Rearing, Parent Participation, Depression (Psychology), Children, Disabilities, Developmental Delays, Infants, Young Children, Longitudinal Studies, Surveys, Structural Equation Models, Correlation, Play, Literacy, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Socioeconomic Status, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED); Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324A120174; T32HD007489; P30HD003352