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Early Father-Child Interactions and Behaviour Problems

Domoney, J; (2013) Early Father-Child Interactions and Behaviour Problems. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Many development trajectories leading to maladaptive outcomes begin in infancy and toddlerhood. With more fathers caring for their children from a younger age there is a need to understand the associations between paternal behaviour and child development. This thesis will explore the relationship between father-child interaction and child outcomes in the early years. Part one is a review of the literature looking at the association between father-child interaction in the preschool years and child outcomes across social, behavioural, cognitive and linguistic domains. The key question addressed is, ‘Do father-child interactions in the preschool years predict later child outcomes?’ Part two of the thesis reports findings from a longitudinal cohort study looking at the associations between father-child interactions and child behaviour across the first two years. Specifically, it examines cross-sectional and longitudinal correlations between father-child interaction, infant temperament and externalizing behaviours, including exploring the direction of effects between fathers and their children. Part three is a critical appraisal of the research process which considers the issues that arise in translating complex family dynamics into quantifiable variables, including issues of measurement and researcher subjectivity.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Early Father-Child Interactions and Behaviour Problems
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Third party copyright material has been removed from the e-thesis.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1406919
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