Challenges to Modeling Dynamics in Developing a Developmental Understanding of Father-Child Relationships.

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Journal Name
Applied Developmental Science
Journal Volume
11
Journal Issue
4
Page Count
7
Year Published
2007
Author (Individual)
Palkovitz, Rob.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English
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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