Fathering and early onset conduct problems: Positive and negative parenting, father-son attachment, and the marital context

Michelle DeKlyen, Matthew L. Speltz, Mark T. Greenberg

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Abstract

Research literature linking negative and positive aspects of the father-child relationship with early onset conduct problems is reviewed. Evidence from the Preschool Families Project, a longitudinal study of clinic-referred preschool boys at risk for conduct disorder, is presented, including previously unpublished data on father-child attachment. Both negative (e.g., harsh, angry, and physically punitive) and positive (involvement, warmth, and secure attachment) dimensions of fathering, as well as aspects of the marital relationship, appear to be associated with the emergence of early onset conduct problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalClinical Child and Family Psychology Review
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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