Mental Models for Parenting: Correlates of Metaparenting among Fathers of Young Children


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

The present study explored the antecedents and correlates of metaparenting,defined as mental plans for parenting across five subscales: responding, pre-venting, monitoring, mentoring, and modeling. Cross sectional data on a di-verse sample of 74 fathers were drawn from a larger longitudinal project thatinterviewed men four times over the first two years of their children’s lives.A structural equation model revealed that fathers’ reports of positive parent-ing role models and intelligence were found to be related to working modelsof parenting as measured by the five components of metaparenting. Most im-portantly, higher levels of metaparenting were associated with authoritativeparenting and less abuse potential. Results provided preliminary evidence forthe importance of a mental model of parenting among fathers.

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