Research into the Role of the Father: - Coggle Diagram
Research into the Role of the Father:
Father's play interactions are more exciting and pleasurable than mother's
Father's are a source of entertainment (play mate) and mothers have more responsibility
Children often prefer interacting with fathers when in a positive emotional state - mothers are preferred when children are distressed
Mothers have a greater emotional connection with children compared to fathers
Children prefer to interact with fathers when they're happy - if sad they prefer to interact with mothers
Fathers are less able than mothers to detect low levels of infant stress
Shows mother's bond to the child is stronger
Fathers who became main care providers seem able to quickly develop more sensitivity
Father can easily step in as a main care giver - supports nurture rather than nature
What affects child - father relationships?
Degree of sensitivity
Type of attachment with his own parents
Why is research into the role of the father often contradictory?
Inconsistent findings - comparing too many factors
What is socially sensitive research?
Research with implications (consequences for the ppts) - eg. creates a stereotype - mums should stay at home, dads are only for play
Grossman et al (2002):
Compared fathers' and mothers' contributions to their children's attachments at 6, 10 and 16yrs
Findings and conclusion:
Quality of infant attachment with mothers not fathers related to peer attachment in adolescence eg. good relationship with mother = good relationship with peer
Quality of fathers play with infants was related to the quality of adolescent attachments