Father involvement in immigrant and ethnically diverse families from the prenatal period to the second year: Prediction and mediating mechanisms

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Abstract

This longitudinal study focused on fathers' involvement from the prenatal period through infants' first year in Dominican immigrants (n∈=∈73), Mexican immigrants (n∈=∈65) and African Americans (n∈=∈66) residing in New York City. Fathers' prenatal involvement, the quality of the mother-father relationship, fathers' postnatal involvement with their 1- and 6 month olds and fathers' involvement with their 14 month-olds (i.e., time spent with infant; eating meals with infant; activities with infant) were examined. Father involvement was uniformly high and stable. Fathers' prenatal involvement predicted involvement at 14 months, and the quality of the mother-father relationship mediated these associations. Father ethnicity and residency moderated associations between the father-mother relationship, father postnatal involvement and father involvement with 14 month olds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)496-509
Number of pages14
JournalSex Roles
Volume60
Issue number7-8 SPEC. ISS.
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

Keywords

  • Father involvement
  • Immigrant families
  • Infancy
  • Mother-father relationship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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