Paternal involvement with school-aged children in Brazilian families: Association with childhood competence

Silvia Pereira Da Cruz Benetti, Jaipaul L. Roopnarine

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Abstract

Thirty-eight middle- to lower-income Brazilian fathers in two-parent families provided estimates of different dimensions of their involvement with their school-aged children, assessed children's social competence, and rated their beliefs on family roles. Analyses showed that fathers and mothers spent similar amounts of time in different activities with children, but did differ in didactic interactions, their responsibility for, and actually disciplining children. There were no significant differences in participation due to gender of child or income. Fathers' ideological beliefs about gender roles were positively related to involvement in disciplining children and inversely related to engagement in social activities with children. Fathers' involvement in disciplining children was negatively associated with childhood social competence after controlling for mothers' contribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)669-678
Number of pages10
JournalSex Roles
Volume55
Issue number9-10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

Keywords

  • Children's competence
  • Engagement
  • Ideology
  • Paternal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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