Predictors of Father Involvement during Infancy in the Context of Maternal Depression Open Access

Binkow, Stephanie Ann (2011)

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The aim of the present study was to examine predictors of father involvement with 3-
month old infants in families where the mother has a history of anxiety or depression. The
present study used Doherty and colleagues' (1998) conceptual model of predictors of father
involvement to study fathering in 71 families with 3-month old infants. All of the mothers had a
history of depression or anxiety. Results were that maternal depression, maternal satisfaction
with father responsibility, infant temperament, and family size were significantly correlated with
at least one of the indices of father involvement proposed by Lamb (2000, 2010): engagement,
accessibility, or responsibility. Higher levels of maternal depression during the first six weeks
postpartum were correlated with higher levels of father engagement during the week. Higher
levels of maternal satisfaction with father responsibility and a higher number of additional
children in the family were independently associated with higher levels of father accessibility on
the weekends. Lastly, surgency/extraversion in the infants was negatively correlated with
father accessibility on the weekends. This study, consistent with Doherty and colleagues' (1998)
model, highlights the importance of using a multi-variable model to examine predictors of
fathering during the first three months of infancy, and the value of extending this model to the
study of families in which the mother has a history of depression or anxiety.

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Abstract
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Introduction
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Method
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Results
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Discussion
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References
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