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Longitudinal Relations Between Father Involvement and Children’s Cognitive Development and Academic Achievement Across the Transition to School

In 2008, at the Human Development Conference I presented the findings from my master’s thesis that I completed in conjunction with my advisor, Dr Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan. Dr Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, which is in the College of Education.

I used data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD). 

Click Here to see the findings and the poster.

With this second hand data, I analyzed mother’s and father’s parenting during a play session when their child was in preschool (54 months) and the child’s academic and cognitive outcomes when the child reached first grade.

Using a structural equation model (SEM), I found that even after controlling for mothers’ parenting and parental education, fathers’ parenting has a significant and independent effect on children’s cognitive development (p < .01) and there is also a trend with respect to children’s academic achievement (p < .057).