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15 - The Role of Fathers in Caregiving

from Part III - Parental Factors That Impact Parenting

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 December 2022

Amanda Sheffield Morris
Affiliation:
Oklahoma State University
Julia Mendez Smith
Affiliation:
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
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We review the literature on how fathers contribute to their children’s development from early childhood to adolescence. First, we set the stage by giving a brief profile of who fathers are in the United States. Second, we summarize the theoretical and methodological approaches used to conceptualize and assess the role of fathers in caregiving. Third, we synthesize the empirical literature on the important correlates of father involvement and provide a critical analysis of the ways father involvement in caregiving is related to children’s cognitive, language, and social-emotional development. Lastly, we discuss implications to inform best practices and policies pertaining to this research and end with future directions.

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