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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Educational and School Psychology
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The present study focuses on how a father's supportive presence during interactions with his child influences his/her social outcomes in adolescence. Ethological theories of attachment provide a theoretical basis for the investigation of father-child interactions because they provide us with an explanation regarding how and why child-caregiver relationships function to influence a child's development and later social functioning. Structural equation modeling was used to construct a theoretical model by which fathering behaviors influence later psychosocial outcomes, particularly impulse control and risky behaviors during adolescence. For boys, supportive mothering behaviors had a greater influence on impulse control than supportive fathering behaviors. The opposite was true for girls. For girls, supportive fathering behaviors had a greater influence on impulse control than supportive mothering behaviors. Impulse control served a partial mediating effect between supportive parenting behaviors and risk-taking behaviors. For sons, supportive mothering behaviors had a significant positive impact on impulse control during adolescence. Conversely, for daughters, supportive fathering behaviors—but not supportive mothering behaviors—had a significant positive impact on impulse control during adolescence. In fact, supportive mothering behaviors had an insignificant effect on daughters' impulse control during adolescence,
Siller, Christina. (2012). A father's supportive presence: Understanding how fathers influence children's developmental outcomes. University of the Pacific, Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/125
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