Scant research disentangles the relationship between parenting competence, early intervention (EI) services, the family environment and informal support among fathers of children with developmental disabilities (DD). This study aims to: (1) Determine the trajectory of parental competence for fathers of children with DD from age 3 to age 15; (2) Controlling for child and family characteristics, determine the main effects of the family environment, informal support, and EI services on paternal competence when their child with a developmental disability was age 3; and (3) Determine whether there were lasting effects of the family environment, informal support, and the EI service system on differences in paternal competence over time. (Author abstract)
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