Father Involvement with Children with Developmental Delays

  • Sheila Lopez University of Oregon
  • AnnaCecilia McWhirter University of Oregon
  • Margaret Rosencrans University of Oregon
  • Nicole R Giuliani University of Oregon
  • Laura Lee McIntyre University of Oregon
Keywords: Father, involvement, children, disabilities

Abstract

Children with developmental delays (DD) pose unique caregiving challenges, given their developmental problems and risks for behavior problems (Baker, McIntyre, Blacher, Crnic, Edelbrock, & Low, 2003). Most of the studies involving caregivers of children with DD have highlighted the role of mothers, with very few studies focusing specifically on fathers. Studies on father involvement in home and school settings provide a theoretical rationale for increasing father involvement to support positive outcomes in children with DD. Synthesizing research on father involvement can further contribute to and shape legislation that ensures equitable access to education for young children with disabilities (i.e., the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). This paper summarizes findings from a systematic literature review of father involvement across home and school settings in families of preschool-aged children with or at risk for DD.

Author Biographies

Sheila Lopez, University of Oregon

Sheila Lopez is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at the University of Oregon. Her research interests include parenting supports particularly for fathers; understanding the role of fathers in parenting; supporting fathers in their parenting role within families of children with developmental delays and the development of self-regulation in children.

AnnaCecilia McWhirter, University of Oregon

Anna Cecilia McWhirter is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at the University of Oregon. Her research interests include parenting and family wellbeing; preventative interventions for families with young children; culturally and linguistic appropriate interventions for Spanish-speaking families; the role of fathers in parenting.

Margaret Rosencrans, University of Oregon

Margaret Rosencrans is a doctoral candidate at University of Oregon. Her research interests focus on coparenting quality and parental wellbeing in families of children with developmental delays; mental and physical health outcomes of individuals with intellectual disabilities; and access to family-based behavior intervention services.

Nicole R Giuliani, University of Oregon

Nicole R. Giuliani, PhD, is Evergreen Assistant Professor of School Psychology in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences at the University of Oregon. Her research interests include emotion, selfregulation, health behaviors, and family dynamics, which she investigates using multiple methods, including neuroimaging, ecological momentary assessment, laboratory paradigms, and behavioral coding.

Laura Lee McIntyre, University of Oregon

Laura Lee McIntyre, PhD, is Professor of School Psychology and Department Head of Special Education and Clinical Sciences at the University of Oregon. Her research interests focus on family-centered intervention to promote wellbeing in families with children with developmental or behavioral risks; early identification and intervention for children with developmental disabilities and behavioral problems; and family-school partnerships

Published
2019-04-08