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Fathers' behaviors and children's psychopathology.

Flouri, E; (2010) Fathers' behaviors and children's psychopathology. Clin Psychol Rev , 30 (3) pp. 363-369. 10.1016/j.cpr.2010.01.004.

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Abstract

The psychological literature on how fathers' behaviors may be related to children's psychopathology has grown substantially in the last three decades. This growth is the result of research asking the following three overarching questions: (1) what is the association between family structure, and particularly biological fathers' non-residence, and children's psychopathology, (2) what is the association between fathers' parenting and children's psychopathology, and (3) what is the association between fathers' psychopathology and children's psychopathology. The three broad theoretical perspectives relevant to this literature are the standard family environment model, the passive genetic model, and the child effects model. The evidence from studies comparing the first two models seems to suggest that the origin of the association between parental divorce and children's emotional and behavioral problems is largely shared environmental in origin, as is the association between resident fathers' parenting and children's emotional and behavioral problems, according to studies comparing the standard family environment model with the child effects model. However, research needs to compare appropriately all theoretical perspectives. The paper discusses this, and also points to the importance of considering theory-driven specificity in modeling effects.

Type: Article
Title: Fathers' behaviors and children's psychopathology.
Location: United States
DOI: 10.1016/j.cpr.2010.01.004
Keywords: Child, Child Behavior Disorders, Child of Impaired Parents, Divorce, Family, Father-Child Relations, Fathers, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders, Models, Psychological, Parenting, Psychology, Child
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1488032
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