Parental attitudes toward fathering and fathers' involvement with infants Public Deposited

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  • The present study examined fathers' and mothers' attitudes toward fathering and fathers' involvement with their infant sons and daughters. Subjects included 42 pairs of parents with infants from upper and middle socioeconomic class families. All subjects were of the Caucasian race. The Attitudes Toward Fathering Scale and the Father Behavioral Self-Report Questionnaire were used to assess the subjects' attitudes toward fathering and the degree of fathers' involvement in infant caretaking, respectively. A variety of statistics, including the analysis of variance, Scheffe' Test, Sign Test, and Chi-Square Test, were used in data analyses. When fathers were divided into developmental and less developmental fathering types, results revealed that fathers with sons, regardless of fathering type, were generally more involved with their infants than were fathers with daughters. However, developmental fathers with daughters were generally more involved with their infants than were less developmental fathers with daughters. Furthermore, less developmental fathers with sons were generally more involved with their infants than were less developmental fathers with daughters. When father and mother pairs were divided into developmental, discrepant, and less developmental family groups, results revealed that fathers with sons, regardless of family group, were generally more involved with their infants than were fathers with daughters. In addition, fathers in developmental families tended to be more involved with their infants than were fathers from discrepant families, followed by fathers in less developmental families. However, while fathers with daughters upheld this pattern of father involvement, fathers with sons did not. Fathers with sons in discrepant families tended to be more involved with their infants than were fathers from developmental families, followed by fathers in less developmental families. Finally, fathers with sons in discrepant families were generally more involved with their infants than were fathers with daughters in discrepant families. Findings obtained in this study were discussed on the basis of previous theory and research. Generally, the results indicated that fathers are involved in caring for their infants. Their attitudes toward fathering are related to their involvement in child care. Furthermore, within families, both fathers' and mothers' attitudes toward fathering are important in understanding fathers' involvement in infant caretaking. Finally, the sex of the infant must be considered in understanding the relationship between fathers' and mothers' attitudes toward fathering and fathers' involvement in infant caretaking.
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