The Influence of Early Intervention, Informal Support and the Family Environment on Trajectories of Competence for Fathers Raising Children with Developmental Disabilities

Journal Name
Research in Developmental Disabilities
Year Published
Author (Individual)
Morgan K. Parish
Susan L. Hauser-Cram
Penny. Garcia
Dolores Acevedo. Warfield
Marji Erickson.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Language

Scant research disentangles the relationship between parenting competence, early intervention (EI) services, the family environment and informal support among fathers of children with developmental disabilities (DD). This study aims to: (1) Determine the trajectory of parental competence for fathers of children with DD from age 3 to age 15; (2) Controlling for child and family characteristics, determine the main effects of the family environment, informal support, and EI services on paternal competence when their child with a developmental disability was age 3; and (3) Determine whether there were lasting effects of the family environment, informal support, and the EI service system on differences in paternal competence over time. (Author abstract)


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