Fatherhood Research Paper

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In today’s society the roles of fatherhood has many definitions. I have often heard individuals state that their mother was both mother and father to them. But who or what is a father? Can a parent fulfill two roles? If not, how did the lines become blurred to the point that we are so accepting of this misinformation? “A father is defined as a male parent, any male ancestor, especially the founder of a family or line; progenitor and a man who exercises paternal care over other persons; paternal protector or provider” (dictionary.com, n.d.). If this definition is correct then in fact mothers cannot be fathers. A father has to be first male and the founder of a family line so women cannot be fathers. “By popular consensus, fathers were primarily …show more content…
LAMB and CATHERINE S. TAMIS-LEMONDA)(pg 3)This leads me to investigate the connections between fathers and children is it stronger for girls or boys or do they equally benefit from fathers influences in their lives. What are the educational impact that fathers have on children? And what are the socio emotional impacts? And finally what role does culture play in the father child relationship?
What are the educational impact that fathers have on children? In the area of cognitive development according to Scott et al “a number of studies suggest that fathers who are involved in nurturing and playing with their children. Kerr and Cohn also suggest that boys with strong father son relationship and similarities were attracted to math and science more often that strong mother son relationships” (pg72). According to Plam () there are four assumption about the role of fathers in early literacy development to be examined through research. These assumptions includes; fathers can be important positive influence in the development of early literacy, fathers have both a direct and an indirect influence on literacy, male socialization influences fathers style of interaction and interest related to
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Social-emotional development is a child’s ability to understand the feelings of others, control their own feelings and behaviors, and get along with peers. A father is an emotional role model that guides the development of the emotional abilities of a growing child.( According to Scott and De La Hunt “research shows that fathers strengthen development when they take an active role early and often in the lives of their children, even before they are born” this impact can be supported by numerous sources. According to Scott el a based on U.S Department of Health and Human Service, 2011, early involvement by fathers in the primary care is source of emotional security for the child. This stands to reason that children bonding with their fathers contribute to high self-esteem and secure attachment. For example according to Brazelton (p24);”fathers set up different but predictable behavioral system with the baby. So predictable is this system that a baby of 3months will take on an expectant look, hunched shoulders and will lean forward in her chair when she hear her father’s voice” The fulfilment of these goals sanctions children acquis ion of social competence, confidence and life skills obtained through quality time interaction between father and child. Scott et al cites Civitas 2001that states “when a father acknowledge their child’s emotional responses and help them address it with a problem solving approach, the child scores higher on

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