He said, she said, but what do they say?: young children's perceptions of father involvement

Unlu-Cetin S., Olgan R.

EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND CARE, vol.188, pp.251-263, 2018 (SSCI) identifier identifier


One of the important implications of the rights given to children by Article 12 of UN Convention on the Rights of Children 1989 is the inclusion of children in research on issues related to their lives. However, studies on father involvement are still conducted for young children not with them and there are no data-gathering techniques available that can be used specifically with young children. Within this context the main aim of this study is to develop new techniques to gather qualitative data from children aged between 50 and 72 months to understand how they perceive their fathers' involvement. Findings of the present study were consistent with the results of previous studies that depended on adult reports of father involvement. Both the findings and the techniques used with children in the present study have implications for future research into father involvement and its application.