Fathers and Children's Executive Function

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There is robust evidence that multiple dimensions of parenting are linked to early childhood executive function (EF). However, father figures have rarely been included in this research, so their role in the process of supporting child EF is just beginning to be understood. This chapter examines the theoretical rationale for parenting effects on EF and identifies hypotheses specific to the importance of fathers. Empirical evidence for both mother-child and father-child links is reviewed, including research with children and families experiencing high stress. Implications for including father figures in parenting interventions focused on boosting children's EF skills are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Fathers and Child Development
Subtitle of host publicationPrenatal to Preschool
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030510275
ISBN (Print)9783030510268
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

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  • Attachment theory
  • Executive functions
  • Family systems
  • High-risk families
  • School-based interventions


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