Resident Hispanic Fathers Report Frequent Involvement in the Lives of Their Children

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Wildsmith, E., Karberg, E., Whitfield,B.
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This brief uses data from the 2013-2017 National Survey of Family Growth to look more closely at levels of involvement for Hispanic fathers who live with their children. We focus on resident fathers because almost three quarters of Hispanic fathers in these data report living in the same household with all their children. We examine three broad domains of fathering behaviors: 1) engagement, which captures interactive activities between the father and child, such as reading with a child or eating dinner together; 2) warmth, or a parenting style indicated, in part, by showing physical affection and giving praise to a child; and 3) caregiving, which includes engagement in important caregiving activities, such as feeding or bathing a preschool-age child or knowing about a school-age child’s activities. We document levels (i.e., frequency) of father involvement across these dimensions separately for fathers of preschool-age and school-age children.

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