Occupational Self-Direction, Education, and Fathers' Involvement with Young Children

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Title: Occupational Self-Direction, Education, and Fathers' Involvement with Young Children
Creators: Cline, Jacqueline A.
Advisor: Schoppe-Sullivan, Sarah J.
Issue Date: 2009-06
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine how job complexity, specifically, the level of self-direction in a father's occupation, affects paternal involvement. Fathers, from a sample of 112 families, completed questionnaires about employment, education and involvement with their children. This study addressed the following research questions: (1) Is the level of occupational self-direction of fathers associated with the level of fathers’ responsibility, caregiving and play involvement with their children? (2)Are levels of occupational self-direction related to the type of involvement fathers have with their children? (3) Do levels of occupational self-direction continue to relate to father involvement even after taking fathers' education into account? I hypothesized that fathers who have jobs with more occupational self-direction would be more involved with their children. I further predicted that fathers with highly self-directed occupations would be more involved in play activities. When taking fathers' education into account, I hypothesized that occupational self-direction would still be associated with higher levels of involvement. Results from analyses suggest that generally speaking there is no correlation in this sample between father’s occupational self-direction and paternal involvement. When considering work intensity, however, a marginally significant association was found when fathers’ work hours were less intense. Fathers with higher occupational self-direction and lower work intensity were more involved with respect to responsibility than fathers with high work intensity.
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Series/Report no.: The Ohio State University. Department of Human Development and Family Science Honors Theses; 2009
Keywords: occupational
Sponsors: NICHD Grant HD050235
EHE Undergraduate Research Scholarship
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/37037
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