Paternal child care and children's development

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

This paper uses the NLSY-Child data to assess the effects on cognitive and social-emotional development of father care as a child care arrangement among children in two-parent families with working mothers. Our results show that father care for infants is no better or worse than other types of arrangements. However, toddlers in non-paternal modes of child care (e.g., relatives, family day care or center care) have slightly better cognitive outcomes than those whose fathers provided care. Although our analyses do not provide a definitive explanation for this finding, there is a substantial influx of fathers in our data who provide child care in years 2 and 3 and these fathers appear compositionally different from fathers who provided care during a child's infancy. In particular, there is some indication that these fathers who are newly providing care during a child's toddler years may be temporary care providers due to changing economic circumstances. © Springer-Verlag 2005.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Averett, SL; Gennetian, LA; Peters, HE

Published Date

  • September 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 391 - 414

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0933-1433

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00148-004-0203-4

Citation Source

  • Scopus