A Longitudinal Examination of Father Involvement With Children With Developmental Delays: Does Timing of Diagnosis Matter?

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With a representative sample of U.S. children born in 2001, growth curve modeling was used to investigate the association between father—child involvement and the developmental status of the child. Three groups of children, which varied by timing of developmental delay diagnosis, were compared for father involvement trajectories. These groups of children were compared with each other as well as to a group of children without developmental delays. Group comparisons indicate many more similarities than differences, and implications for service providers are discussed.

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