Process of Fathering: Effects on His Child’s Competence

Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

A study that examines the differences in family-types on the parenting of young children.

Project Overview

The goal of this study, begun in 1995 by Dr. Beverly Fagot, was to examine family-type differences in parenting processes. Two hundred thirteen families, 41 stepmother families, 79 stepfather families, and 93 biological families participated when their son or daughter was 5 to 8 years old. Aspects of parenting and child development that were examined include: parental monitoring and instructions, peer relations, school progress, and gender differences.

Year Project Completed: 1998
Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

Principal Investigator

Philip Fisher, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Fisher obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He is a Senior Scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) and the Center for Research to Practice, both in Eugene, Oregon as well as a Professor of Psychology (clinical) at the University of Oregon. He is also Science Director for the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs and a Senior Fellow at the Center on the Developing Child, both based at Harvard University. Dr. Fisher’s work on children in foster care and the child welfare system includes (a) basic research characterizing the effects of early stress on neurobiological systems such as the HPA axis and areas of the prefrontal cortex involved in executive functioning; (b) the development of preventive interventions, including the Treatment Foster Care of Oregon Program for Preschoolers (TFCO-P) and the Kids in Transition to School Program (KITS); and (c) the dissemination of evidence-based practice in community settings. His work has been funded by a number of institutes of the National Institutes of Health, including NIDA, NIMH, and NICHD. He serves on a number of national advisory groups related to prevention science and community based research. His intervention programs are being implemented at sites throughout the United States and Europe.