Thursday, October 08, 2020

Almost complete disregard of fathers

MSD has today released a study into child self-control using data from the Growing Up in New Zealand Study. The development of self control is important because, " ...children with high self-control in their early years have better educational achievement, less involvement with the criminal justice system, and better physical and mental health throughout life."

My interest is always in family background - the structure of it and extent of benefit dependence.

I can find just one reference to the fact that children have two parents. It appears as one of the factors which promotes development of self-control being "warm rather than hostile couple relationships."

Father is never mentioned. Mother comes up 69 times.

Paternal is never mentioned. Maternal comes up 78 times.

In a footnote I found this:

2 It is important to note that partner reported data was not used in any of our analysis as more data was available from the mothers, however the effects reported are likely to be similar for either parent.

That seems a rather broad assumption. 

'Parenting practices' looks only at maternal behaviours.

At the conclusion, as per normal practice, 'limitations' are acknowledged.

 Another limitation is that in this study we validated our index against maternal reports of child behaviours on the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire and did not explore the role that partners may play in the development of self control. Further validation of the indices is required from partner reported data and subsequent data collection waves as the children age.

Stunning. The exercise "...did not explore the role that partners may play in the development of self control."

Or, as importantly, the lack of.


Kiwiwit said...

The relegation of fathers to the role of "partner" to the woman of the children concerned is an indication of the post-modernist philosophy driving such research. There is extensive research showing the presence of the biological father in children's lives is critical to their achievement in all spheres of life, and that the presence of non-biological "partners" is no substitute (and in fact is often a negative influence, particularly when there is a series of such people in children's lives). The philosopher Jacques Derrida was clear that deconstructing the nuclear family was instrumental to the post-modernists' aim of bringing down Western liberal society and it is a little dismaying to appreciate the extent to which he and his fellow-travellers have succeeded.

Jim Rose said...

So there still research money out there to prove that children who sit still in class and study get good grades