Personal and Family Correlates of Fathering Behavior among Chinese Fathers in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages108-108
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2010

Conference

Title2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda
PlaceChina
CityHong Kong
Period10 - 14 June 2010

Abstract

Based on Belsky’s process model and Bronfenner’s ecological perspective, the relationship between personal, family correlates and fathers’ satisfaction with fathering behavior were examined. The personal correlates include fathers’ attitudes on fathering, fathering self-efficacy and fathering stress. The family correlates comprise marital satisfaction, co-parenting relationship and spousal support. A cross-sectional survey was conducted and 2029 self-administered questionnaires were filled in by the parents of students from 48 nurseries in Hong Kong. Results showed that satisfaction with fathering behavior was positively correlated with fathers’ attitudes on fathering, fathering self-efficacy, marital satisfaction, co-parenting relationship, spousal support and mothers’ satisfaction with fathering, but negatively related to fathering stress. Standard regression analysis showed that fathers’ attitudes on fathering, fathering self-efficacy, fathering stress, spousal support and mothers’ satisfaction with fathering behavior were significant and unique predictors of fathers’ satisfaction with fathering behavior.Although the thinking that “men take care of things outside the family, whereas women are responsible for things inside the family” is still prevalent, more fathers recognize taking up the fathering role as their own responsibilities. Besides, fathers are more ready to learn fathering knowledge and skills from different sources. Therefore, those with more positive attitudes towards fathering and higher fathering self-efficacy feel more satisfied with their fathering behavior. Moreover, mothers’ support and satisfaction with fathering behavior act as extrinsic motivation that increases fathers’ intrinsic motivation in fathering, hence their satisfaction with fathering behavior.Theoretically, fathers’ attitudes on fathering, fathering self-efficacy and spousal support should be regarded as key building blocks on fathering behavior. Practically, it is important to cultivate a more positive fathering attitude on the fathers. To enhance fathering self-efficacy, it is necessary to organize groups and workshops to equip fathers with appropriate fathering knowledge and skills. To enhance the fathers’ satisfaction in fathering, it is also important to guide the mothers to give tangible and emotional support to the fathers, and to increase their recognition on fathering behavior.

Citation Format(s)

Personal and Family Correlates of Fathering Behavior among Chinese Fathers in Hong Kong. / KWOK LAI, Yuk Ching.

2010. 108-108 Paper presented at 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda, Hong Kong, China.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)peer-review