Pacific father involvement and early child behaviour outcomes: findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study

Tautolo, El-Shadan, Schluter, Philip J. and Paterson, Janis (2015) Pacific father involvement and early child behaviour outcomes: findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24 12: 3497-3505. doi:10.1007/s10826-015-0151-5

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Author Tautolo, El-Shadan
Schluter, Philip J.
Paterson, Janis
Title Pacific father involvement and early child behaviour outcomes: findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study
Journal name Journal of Child and Family Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1062-1024
Publication date 2015-12
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10826-015-0151-5
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 24
Issue 12
Start page 3497
End page 3505
Total pages 9
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper examines the relationship between father involvement and their child’s behaviour outcomes amongst a birth cohort of Pacific children and fathers in New Zealand. A birth cohort was established in 2000 from births at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland where at least one parent was identified as being of Pacific ethnicity and a New Zealand permanent resident. This included 1,376 mothers, 825 fathers, and 1,398 children at baseline. At the 6-years measurement wave, father involvement was measured using the Inventory of Father Involvement, and child behaviour measured using the Child Behaviour Check-list. Internalising and externalising behaviour was related to father involvement in crude and adjusted logistic regression and generalised estimating equation models. 571 Pacific fathers participated at the 6-years measurement wave; most of Samoan (42.9 %) or Tongan (33.5 %) ethnic identification. Overall, 190 (32.1 %) children exhibited clinical or border-line internalising and externalising behaviour. Self-reported father involvement was generally high, but lower involvement was significantly related to increased odds of internalising [adjusted odds ratio (aOR) approximately 1.9, p < 0.001] and externalising (aOR approximately 4.0, p < 0.001) behaviour. Father involvement was significantly associated with child behaviour in Pacific families within New Zealand. Strategies that promote and enable increased father involvement may reduce negative child outcomes amongst Pacific families.
Keyword Fathers
Child behaviour
Pacific health
Pacific families
Early childhood
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 11 February 2015

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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