Activative fathering predicts later children's behaviour dysregulation and sociability

Matthew M. Stevenson, Keith Crnic

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This study examined activative fathering observed during father-child interactions in the family home, focusing on the relation between activative fathering at children aged four and children's behaviour dysregulation and sociability at children aged five. One hundred twenty-seven families participated in the study. Activative fathering was associated with later lower child dysregulation during a problem solving task, higher dysregulation during a wait task, and higher sociability in the home. Contrary to expectations, paternal control did not moderate these relations. Results are discussed in relation to father-child activation relationship theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)774-790
Number of pages17
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • activation relationship
  • attachment
  • dysregulation
  • fathering
  • self-regulation
  • sociability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics


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