Men's perception of father involvement in the care of the disabled child

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Men's perception of father involvement in the care of the disabled child

 

Author: Fan, Mei-ling
Title: Men's perception of father involvement in the care of the disabled child
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2002
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Children with disabilities -- Home care -- China -- Hong Kong
Children with disabilities -- China -- Hong Kong -- Family relationships
Father and child -- China -- Hong Kong
Department: Dept. of Applied Social Sciences
Pages: 61, [2] leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1643176
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/267
Abstract: The objective of this study are to find out the father's perception of their involvement in care of the disabled child and to discuss the findings of father's perception of their involvement in relation to the attendance rate of fathers in programs organized in the Special Child Care Centre in the last two years. Throughout the project conception of father involvement as proposed by Palkovitz (1990) is used, who operationalizes the concept into the following 15 ways; communication, teaching, monitoring, thoughts processes, errands, caregiving, child-related maintenance, shared interests, availability, planning, shared activities, providing, affection, protection and supporting emotionally. A qualitative research method with a semi-structured interview guide in the form of open-ended question is used in the project so as to gather complete set of information for easier comparison. On average, the informants spent half of their available time on childcare or other child-related maintenance duties. As fathers are busily engaged in work, they could not attend the talk or seminar organized by the Centre as often as their wives. Moreover, they seldom engage in the formal training of the disabled children. Instead, fathers used to socialize the disabled child during playing or sharing hobby. Fathers of the disabled children establish intensive affectionate bond with their children. They recognize that love, care and concern are very important in rearing the disabled children. Fathers emphasize the importance of building good relationship with their children and are more open than before. The love and care of the fathers to their family members in fact are indirect way of involvement in childcare. Besides, fathers express deep thought process related to the disabled children. It includes planning the future for the disabled child, evaluating the situation of the disabled child, worrying or hoping for the disabled child. As a whole, the informants involve both directly and indirectly in the childcare duties. Most of the fathers are eager to learn more about the disabled child so as to better equip themselves in handling their children. However, due to time constraint, indirect way of learning such as distant learning program may be beneficial to them.

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