The effects of educational intervention on fathers' relationships with their infants

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Margaret Bourdeaux Arbuckle (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Nancy White

Abstract: The purpose of this study was twofold: (1) to examine the impact educational intervention during the postpartum period has on fathers' attitudes toward involvement with their babies, their knowledge of infant capabilities, and their caregiving of their babies; and (2) to validate a research instrument for use with mothers and fathers of newborn infants. It was hypothesized that fathers participating in the educational intervention as compared to a control group would have scores indicating more positive parenting on five Theoretical Factors--(I) Parental knowledge of infant capabilities, (II) Parental perception of infant needs for affection and stimulation, (III) Parental perception of caregiving competence, (IV) Sex-role division of caregiving tasks, and (V) Negative affects of having a new baby. It was also hypothesized that fathers with maternal partners with higher expectations for fathers' involvement in daily caregiving would report more involvement than would those whose maternal partners had lower expectations.

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Language: English
Date: 1983
Infants $x Care
Fathers $x Attitudes
Father and child

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