Is Urban Fathers’ Religion Important for Their Children’s Behavior?

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dc.contributor.author Petts, Richard J.
dc.date.accessioned 2022-04-28T18:20:34Z
dc.date.available 2022-04-28T18:20:34Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-25
dc.identifier.citation Petts, R.J. Is Urban Fathers’ Religion Important for Their Children’s Behavior?. Rev Relig Res 53, 183–206 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13644-011-0010-9 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/203000
dc.description.abstract Previous research suggests that many men increase their religious involvement after the birth of a new child. Using data on low-income urban fathers from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCW), this study extends this research by examining whether fathers maintain a higher rate of religious participation as children get older and how fathers’ religiosity may influence children’s behavior. Results suggest that although many urban fathers slightly increase their religious involvement after the birth of a child, most fathers attend religious services at a fairly consistent rate during the early years of their child’s life. Although there is only limited evidence suggesting that fathers’ religious involvement directly influences children’s behavior, there is evidence that fathers’ religiosity moderates the influence of other family characteristics on children; parental relationship quality and mothers’ religiosity are associated with fewer problem behaviors among children when fathers believe that religion is important to family life. Results also suggest that having a Black Protestant father is associated with fewer externalizing problem behaviors among young children. Overall, this study suggests that religion may be a source of support that encourages urban fathers to be engaged in their family life and promote positive development among children. en_US
dc.relation.isversionof https://doi.org/10.1007/s13644-011-0010-9 en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/ *
dc.subject Fatherhood en_US
dc.subject Child well-being en_US
dc.subject Trajectory en_US
dc.subject Religion en_US
dc.title Is Urban Fathers’ Religion Important for Their Children’s Behavior? en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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