A PROFILE OF FATHER INVOLVEMENT AS PERCEIVED BY THE CHILD

Addina Kamila, Kartika Sari, Marty Mawarpury, Afriani Afriani

Abstract


The amount of research on fathers has been increasing in the past three decades, but most research is still focused on mother involvement in the family. In reality, fathers also have a huge impact on the development of their children. Therefore, there is a need for special research on father involvement in parenting. The aim of the study was to examine the profile of father involvement as perceived by the child. The study is conducted in the Indonesian province of Aceh, where Islamic values lead the social life of the residents as well as government policies. This study uses descriptive-quantitative methods, taking in respondents using the quota sampling technique (n=500). The results showed that among families in Aceh, there is father involvement within the instrumental dimension. In other words, fathers showed a high involvement in the range of ‘always involved,' in areas such as moral and career development, developing a sense of responsibility, independence, and discipline, and providing the child’s needs. This indicates that the role of the father in Aceh was consistent with the ‘father-breadwinner’ family model. The gender variable has a significant influence on father involvement variable.

Keywords: Father Involvement, Fathering, Parenting


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ISBN 978-623-7086-17-8