The Father’s Role in Attachment

In today’s time it is not uncommon for a father to be just as involved in a child’s life as the mother is.  Because of this it is also not uncommon for a child to grow just as attached to their father than they do to their mother.  According to our book if a child is not distressed he or she will respond similarly to both parents, however they do prefer to be soothed during the first year by their mother if they are under a sort of stress.

When looking at how mothers and fathers interact with their children their is a difference.  Fathers engage in less time with caregiving and nurturing and spend more time interactively playing with their children while mothers tend to be more intune to their young ones cues of distress (Caldera, 2004).

Another interesting aspect of child/father attachment is the similar ways in which these attachments are made in different cultures.  According to our book fathers in many countries are commonly a playmate to their children, even in Japan where males often work long hours and don’t have too much time to spend with their children.  In many Western nations where it is becoming more common for a household to have both the mother and the father working full time jobs, fathers tend to be stepping up in their roles as parents.  Fathers in the U.S. are spending about 85% as much time with their children as mother are (out text book).

In general, according to our text and as discussed in class, if a father is warm, and consistently sensitive with his infant, their is no reason that the attachment they will form will be just as secure as the attachment it has with his or her mother.

Tracy Hubertz

Paternal involvement and infant-father attachment: a Q-set study.  Caldera, Yvonne M.

~ by tracyhubertz on September 25, 2009.

3 Responses to “The Father’s Role in Attachment”

  1. Very interesting post. I was proud to see that men are stepping up as fathers and spending more time with their children.

    Ryan Van Wagenen

  2. Here is an additional aspect that might be good to consider: in my concept of a traditional family,(one that i feel is supported by attitudes expressed in media from the 50’s) The father is seen as providing discipline. If every time I saw my father, he was required by mother to give me a good whack, I would imagine that this would affect my attachment to him.
    So given that the gender roles of the parents have changed, I think that it is possible that fathers are becoming more involved with their kids, BECAUSE their more androgynous role allows them to be involved, or encourages it.

  3. The above, posted by Stuart Walker

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