Applied Developmental Science
This article discusses the challenges of theorizing and modeling father-child relationships in a developmentally sensitive context. Challenges to the creation of comprehensive theories are briefly discussed and concerns with conceptualizations of father involvement are reviewed. An alternative view of father-child relationships is garnered from meta-analytic perspectives. Affective climate, behavioral style and relational synchrony are identified as factors that always matter in father-child relationships regardless of the age of gender of the child, the context of fathering, or moderating factors. (Author abstract)
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