Campus Access Only
All rights reserved. This publication is intended for use solely by faculty, students, and staff of University of the Pacific. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, now known or later developed, including but not limited to photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the author or the publisher.
Date of Award
Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Educational and School Psychology
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
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
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.
To access this thesis/dissertation you must have a valid pacific.edu email address and log-in to Scholarly Commons.Find in PacificSearch Find in ProQuest
If you are the author and would like to grant permission to make your work openly accessible, please email