An important part of research is understanding what we can do with the information that is gained in the research, or in other words, the implications for the findings. In this discussion, you consider the implications of the findings of a research study on fathers' roles in their children's socioemotional development.
While psychology has a long history of researching attachment, early research focused on mothers' relationships with children. It has not always been clear what a father's role is in children's development. Fortunately, there is a great deal of research examining how fathers are an important part of children's development.
Once you have read the article, "Transactional Relations Between Father Involvement and Preschoolers' Socioemotional Adjustment," linked in the Unit 3 studies, the psychology perspective challenge for you is to consider the implications for the findings of this study. Once you read article, complete the following:
- Describe what the authors studied.
- Describe the findings. (How you understand the findings.)
- Discuss the implications of the findings. (What value is there in the findings? How can we apply them? How could we effectively get this information out to parents who could benefit from it? Are there any risks or other drawbacks to implementing the findings?)
1. The author has presented a very realistic approach of father and preschoolers social and emotional behavior. The study shows a mutual association between the child and father. The author studied the internalizing and externalizing behavior of the preschoolers and how they are driven by fatherÂ’s participation in play and caring approach. The idea of the entire study was to get a clear picture of the implications of the fatherÂ’s role in preschoolerÂ’s day to day activities.
2. The author comes to a conclusion that there is a mutual association between the father and the preschooler. The more the participation of the father in the childÂ’s play and caring activities lesser is the child prone to internalizing and externalizing behavior. Internalizing behavior refers to hurting oneself (i.e. The child hurts himself.) and externalizing behavior relates to the external environment (i.e. The child reacts to external factors like friends, etc.).
3. The results clearly showed that the father has a pivotal role in the childÂ’s social and emotional development. However, the internal relation between the parents is also of great importance and has implications for the child. The child can get rid of his/her adjustment difficulties and would feel more comfortable and protected by the father around.
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