Children’s Time Spent With Fathers In Intact Families

Social expectations of the father’s role in the family have changed considerably in the past three decades. Previously expected to be mainly an economic provider, the “new father” now is expected to also provide day-to-day physical and emotional care to children as an equal partner of the mother (Goldscheider & Waite, 1991) Despite these changing … Read more

Asia Fatherhood Research Conference Panel 4: Fatherhood Ideology, Aspirations and Motivations

Introduction The following article summarises research presentations in Greater Jakarta and Singapore and distils relevant points for discussion and reflection in shaping fatherhood. The presentations were made at Panel 4: Fatherhood Ideology, Aspirations and Motivations as part of the first Asia fatherhood research conference entitled Fatherhood in 21st Century Asia: Research, Interventions, and Policies. Notable … Read more

Invisible Parents: Working with Fathers in the Social Services

Introduction Both social service research and practice have historically minimised the importance of fathers. In 1990, researchers reviewing issues of five social science journals published over 27 years found fathers were often portrayed as missing, troubled, and/or perpetrators of maltreatment. Father involvement has certainly lagged behind mother involvement within families and in social programmes. But … Read more

Working with Culturally Diverse Fathers

Introduction Research considering how cultural factors influence fatherhood practices is generally scarce. Yet, culture, like other factors, including gender, socio-economic status, and nationality, influences fatherhood. While research focused on socio-economic factors such as income and employment has produced relatively clear results, linking higher income and stable employment with more active father involvement, the link between … Read more

The Role of Play in Child-Father Attachment

The following is an abstract of the uniqueness of the child-father attachment relationship: Father’s sensitive and challenging play as a pivotal variable in a 16-year longitudinal study. Social Development, 11(3), 307-331 by Grossmann, K., Grossmann, K. E., Fremmer-Bombik, E., Kindler, H. , Scheuerer-Englisch, H. , & Zimmermann, P. (2002). Background Psychologist John Bowlby believed that the … Read more

Social Fathers and Child Well-being

Introduction The following is an abstract of Social Fathers and Child Wellbeing by Sharon Bzostek. Source: Bzostek, S. (2008). Social fathers and child wellbeing. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70, 950–961 Research indicates that more than one third of all children in the U.S. are now born to unwed parents. Many of these children will experience … Read more

Research Abstract: Paternal Psychiatric Disorders and Children’s Psychosocial Development

Introduction and Background Research evidence has indicated that parents’ psychiatric disorders are associated with increased risks of psychological and developmental problems in their children (e.g. Murray and Cooper, 2003). Much research has been done on mothers and the impact of their mental health on their children’s development. However, in most countries and cultures, fathers have an … Read more

Research Abstract: Infant-Parent Attachment and Parental and Child Behaviour during Parent-Toddler Storybook Interaction

Introduction This is an abstract of Infant-Parent Attachment and Parental and Child Behaviour during Parent-Toddler Storybook Interaction by Cynthia A. Frosch, Martha J. Cox and Barbara Davis Goldman. The paper was published in 2001 in Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: A Journal of Developmental Psychology. Background This paper studies the association between the infant-parent attachment and later toddler-parent storybook interactions. It adds … Read more

Research Abstract: Effectiveness of the ‘New Fathers Network’, an Internet-based Intervention

The Critical Transition to Fatherhood Two critical components of a healthy transition to parenthood are parenting self-efficacy – the mastery of the parenthood role – and parenting satisfaction with the parenting role. Both elements describe the parent’s comfort with parenting behaviour required in healthy and effective infant care. For fathers, regardless of background, the birth … Read more