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Title:Father Involvement, Paternal Sensitivity and Father -Child Attachment in the First Three Years
Author(s):Brown, Geoffrey Lloyd
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Mangelsdorf, Sarah C.
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Abstract:This study examined the associations among father involvement, fathers' parenting sensitivity, and father-child attachment security when children were 13 months and 3 years of age. Although there were few associations among these variables at 13 months of age, composite father involvement and fathers' sensitivity at age 3 independently and interactively predicted concurrent father-child attachment security. There was also evidence for moderate stability in father involvement, but not in fathers' sensitivity across the two timepoints. Furthermore, there was significant stability in father-child attachment security from 13 months (as assessed by the Strange Situation Procedure; Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters, & Wall, 1978) to 3 years (as assessed by the observers' Attachment Q-Set; Waters, 1987). Secure attachment at 13 months also predicted greater levels of parenting sensitivity at 3 years. Parenting sensitivity at age 3 partially mediated the association between 13 month and 3 year attachment security. Results suggest that the father-child attachment relationship may develop as a function of both the quantity and quality of fathers' parenting behavior. Moreover, father-child attachment in the first year remains relatively stable across early childhood and may help to promote subsequent fathers' parenting sensitivity.
Issue Date:2008
Description:129 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3337706
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2008

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