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Vol. 47, No. 4, 2004
Issue release date: July–August 2004
Section title: Original Paper
Human Development 2004;47:193–219
(DOI:10.1159/000078723)

Theorizing the Father-Child Relationship: Mechanisms and Developmental Outcomes

Paquette D.
Centre jeunesse de Montréal, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

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Article / Publication Details

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 8/5/2004

Number of Print Pages: 27
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0018-716X (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0054 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/HDE

Abstract

The aim of this article is to propose a theorization of the father-child relationship based on our current understanding of attachment, interactions between fathers and their young children, and human-specific adaptations. The comparison of mother-child and father-child interactions suggests that fathers play a particularly important role in the development of children’s openness to the world. Men seem to have a tendency to excite, surprise, and momentarily destabilize children; they also tend to encourage children to take risks, while at the same time ensuring the latter’s safety and security, thus permitting children to learn to be braver in unfamiliar situations, as well as to stand up for themselves. But this dynamic can only be effective in the context of an emotional bond between father and child; this relationship is termed the father-child activation relationship, in contrast to the mother-child attachment relationship aimed at calming and comforting children in times of stress. The activation relationship is developed primarily through physical play. It is postulated, in particular, that father-child rough-and-tumble play encourages obedience and the development of competition skills in children.


  

Author Contacts

D. Paquette, Institut de recherche pour le développement
social des jeunes, Centre jeunesse de Montréal
1001 de Maisonneuve Est, Montréal, H2L 4R5 (Canada)
Tel. +1 514 896 3493, Fax +1 514 896 3400
E‐Mail dpaquette@mtl.centresjeunesse.qc.ca

  

Article Information

Number of Print Pages : 27
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 0, Number of References : 168

  

Publication Details

Human Development
Founded 1958 as ‘Vita Humana’ by H. Thomae

Vol. 47, No. 4, Year 2004 (Cover Date: July-August 2004)

Journal Editor: G. Saxe, Berkeley, Calif.
ISSN: 0018–716X (print), 1423–0054 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/hde


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 8/5/2004

Number of Print Pages: 27
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0018-716X (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0054 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/HDE


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