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International Journal of Family and Home Science, Vol.14 (1) (Jan.-April, 2018) (101-112)

Involvement of Fathers in Adolescents Lives

Monika Rai*, Meena Mathur**

*Post-Doctoral Fellow 
Jai Narain Vyas University
Jodhpur, India
 
**Retd. Professor, Human Development
Department of Home Science
University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India
 
 
 
Abstract
 
This research paper examines the involvement of fathers in their adolescent children’s lives. 50 fathers (25 in the age group of 30-40 years and 25 in the age group of 40-50 years) from upper middle income families from Bikaner city located in Rajasthan were selected for the study. The sample was administered a Levevel of involvement inventory consisted of 5 dimensions. Father’s ratings on the level of involvement inventory based on their daily activities they do for their children. Results reported fathers to be mainly involved in decision making area of all the dimensions like tasks related to ‘as a provider’, ‘caretaking and disciplining’, ‘education’, ‘recreation/stimulation and motivation’ and ‘inculcation of values. Younger fathers take part in decision making area of the task as well as equally in supervising and controlling of the task while older fathers mainly take part in decision making of the tasks. Age wise differences revealed that younger fathers are more involved with their adolescents as compared to older fathers. Study indicated proactive fathering in a society that was once considered traditional.