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Subject/Keyword
control
interview
autonomy support
interrater coding
middle childhood
parenting
structure
father
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Funamoto, Allyson
Supervisor and department
Rinaldi, Christina (Educational Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Howe, Nina (Concordia University)
McInnes, Alison (Educational Psychology)
Tardif-Williams, Christine (Brock University)
Buck, George (Educational Psychology)
Rempel, Gwendolyn (Athabasca University)
Department
Department of Educational Psychology
Specialization
School and Clinical Child Psychology
Date accepted
2017-01-06T14:25:48Z
Graduation date
2017-06:Spring 2017
Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
The current study investigated fathers’ and children’s perspectives of fathers’ use of structure, negative control, and autonomy support parenting behaviours in relation to children’s internalizing, externalizing, and adaptive behaviours, and father-child attachment. Researchers interviewed 55 children (34 boys; 75% Canadian/Caucasian) between the ages of 5 and 12 years old and their fathers using hypothetical scenarios about their daily interactions (e.g., completing chores, doing homework). Children completed verbal questionnaires about their attachment security with their father (i.e., Security Scale, Kerns et al., 1996), and fathers completed a questionnaire on the daily functioning of their child (i.e., the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition, BASC-2; Reynolds & Kamphaus, 2004). Transcripts of the interviews were coded on a scale from 1 (absent / never / very low) to 4 (several / frequent / high) for the quality and presence of three parenting behaviours (i.e., structure, negative control, and autonomy support). Results from the current study suggest that fathers’ perceptions of their use of autonomy support predicted a decrease in externalizing behaviours in children, F(1, 53) = 4.7, p = .035, R2 = .08, and an increase in children’s adaptive behaviours, F(1,53) = 4.19, p = .046, R2 = .07. Father-child attachment was not found to have a moderating effect on children’s functioning through parenting behaviours. Results are discussed in the context of the emerging literature on fathers’ parenting in relation to children’s functioning.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R32805B0S
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