What are the mechanisms by which fathers impact children?

Different disciplines and areas of practice have often had distinct interests in fathers and children. Applied social services may be concerned with the impacts of father absence on children’s social development (including juvenile delinquency and engagement in criminal activities), on the reasons why men do or do not provide child support, or the role of father figures in child physical abuse. Other policy-oriented scholars may be interested in socially engineering more invested fathers with an eye toward enhancing child outcomes, such as increased high school graduation rates. Sociologists may be primarily concerned with socioeconomic and ethnic differences in father-child dynamics within Western countries. Evolutionary-minded scholars seek to understand the historical and adaptive bases of paternal behaviour and child development, including with respect to other animals. Anthropologists may pay more attention to the role of fathers in non-Western societies.

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How do changing family dynamics shape fathers’ roles and influences on children’s development?

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The subtlety of fathers’ impact is illustrated by the finding that when fathers perceive their children to be capable of a task, this is linked not only with the children’s positive perceptions of their own abilities, but also with the degree to which they value the task (Bhanot & Jovanovic, 2009).

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Given that mothers in the UK still assume overriding responsibility for children’s education (e.g. West et al., 1998), very probably largely as a result of shorter hours in paid employment, one might expect mothers’ influence to be greater. It is therefore surprising to learn that the findings vary, with no consistent pattern emerging. In some studies fathers are found to be more influential; in others, mothers; and in yet others, parental influence seems to be equivalent. Parents’ influence can also vary by gender-of-child. The main message is that both fathers’ and mothers’ input is important, separately from each other and together (Pleck, 2010).

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Pleck, J.H. (2010). Paternal involvement: revised conceptualization and theoretical linkages with child outcomes. In M.E. Lamb (ed.), The Role of the Father in Child Development (5th ed.). Hoboken NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

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Pleck, J.H., & Masciadrelli, B.P. (2004). Paternal Involvement by U.S. residential fathers: levels, sources and consequences. In M.E. Lamb (ed.), The Role of the Father in Child Development (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

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Parke, R.D., Dennis, J., Flyr, J.L., Morris, K.L., Killian, C., McDowell, D.J., et al (2004). Fathering and children’s peer relationships. In M.E. Lamb (ed.), The Role of the Father in Child Development (4th ed.). Hoboken NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Clark, C. (2009). Why fathers matter to their children’s literacy. London: National Literacy Trust.

Father’s Impact on His Daughters

Has the increase of unmarried cohabiting fathers as well as multipartnered fertility (having children with multiple partners) altered men’s impact on children’s outcomes?

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Why The Father-Daughter Relationship Is So Important

Ryan, R.M., Martin, A., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2006) Is one good parent good enough? patterns of mother and father parenting and child cognitive outcomes at 24 and 36 months. Parenting 6(2/3), 211 – 228