Involvement and Warmth of Fathers with Mental Illness: The Role of the Caregiving System, Parental Self-Efficacy, Social Support and Child Characteristics

Ricky Finzi-Dottan, Efrat Dayan-Gazith, Tali Borosh, Pavel Golubchik

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Abstract

This study compares the levels and predictors of paternal warmth and involvement of 69 fathers with serious mental illness (SMI) and 69 matched non-clinical (NC) fathers in Israel. Findings show that the NC fathers were more involved with their children, whereas the SMI fathers reported more warmth and perceived their children as less difficult. The interactions that were found in the regression analyses highlight the differences between the two groups. Among the SMI fathers, but not the NC fathers, higher paternal self-efficacy was associated with increased father involvement, and lower family support was associated with decreased warmth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)972-982
Number of pages11
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume52
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2016

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© 2016, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Keywords

  • Father involvement
  • Fatherly warmth
  • Paternal self-efficacy
  • Serious mental illness
  • Social support

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