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Paternal Self-efficacy, Fathering, and Children’s Behavioral Problems in Korea

Authors
  • Shim, Sook Young1
  • Lim, Sun Ah2
  • 1 Sookmyung Women’s University, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea , Seoul (South Korea)
  • 2 Chonbuk National University, Department of Education, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea , Jeonju-si (South Korea)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Child and Family Studies
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Jan 19, 2019
Volume
28
Issue
3
Pages
851–859
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10826-018-01310-7
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

ObjectivesWith the introduction of co-parenting, Korean society has begun demanding that fathers share child-rearing responsibilities. In the present study, we examined the association between fathers’ parenting self-efficacy and children’s behavioral problems via fathers’ parenting behavior, after controlling for mothers’ parenting self-efficacy, to clearly identify the importance of fathers in child rearing.MethodWe analyzed data from 1,463 children and their fathers, which were available from the 2014 Panel Study on Korean Children, by employing structural equation modeling.ResultsThe results were as follows. First, the results revealed that there was a significant association between fathers with parenting self-efficacy and both warm and positive controlling parental behaviors. Second, warm parental behavior was significantly associated with both internalizing and externalizing problems, while fathers’ positive controlling behavior was not linked to children’s behavioral problems. Third, fathers’ parenting self-efficacy had significant indirect effects on both internalizing and externalizing problems via warm parental behavior.ConclusionsThese findings imply the importance of the role of fathers in the family, father–child relationships for child development, and fathers’ parenting self-efficacy in child rearing.

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