Fathers' perceived co-parenting and children's academic readiness among Chinese preschoolers: Longitudinal pathways through parenting and behavioral regulation

Lixin REN, Yuen Man Rebecca CHEUNG, Courtney BOISE, Xuan LI, Jieqiong FAN

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Abstract

Co-parenting quality has frequently been linked to young children's social–emotional functioning, but limited research has focused on the relationship between co-parenting and children's early academic skills, or the underlying mechanisms through which co-parenting influences children's development. Using data collected from urban China, the present study examined how fathers' perceptions of co-parenting quality was related to their preschool-aged children's academic readiness (i.e., receptive vocabulary, reading, early math; N = 336), and whether father's parenting practices and children's behavioral regulation mediated the link between co-parenting quality and child outcomes. Findings suggested that the relation between co-parenting quality and children's academic readiness was mediated by children's behavioral regulation. However, fathers' parenting practices were not related to children's academic readiness, nor did fathers' parenting practices mediate the relations between co-parenting and child outcomes. The present findings were consistent between boys and girls. That is, the mediating process did not differ as a function of child gender. The study highlights the importance of fostering a quality co-parenting relationship to better support children's development of behavioral regulation and academic readiness. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-85
JournalEarly Childhood Research Quarterly
Volume53
Early online dateApr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Citation

Ren, L., Cheung, R. Y. M., Boise, C., Li, X., & Fan, J. (2020). Fathers' perceived co-parenting and children's academic readiness among Chinese preschoolers: Longitudinal pathways through parenting and behavioral regulation. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 53, 77-85. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2020.03.005

Keywords

  • Co-parenting
  • Academic readiness
  • Behavioral regulation

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