1Department of Nursing, Dongguk University, Korea. firstname.lastname@example.org 2Department of Nursing, Hallym Universit, Korea.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the attitude of fathers of preschool children to child rearing and to provide basic data to develop parent education programs.
METHOD: The participants were 84 fathers of preschool children and the measurement tool was the Korean Parent As A Teacher Inventory self-report questionnaire and data were collected from 1 kindergarten and 1 child care center located in Gyeonggi Province.
RESULTS: 1) Child-rearing attitudes of the fathers was above average at 2.80(+/-0.19). 2) There were significant difference statistically according to father's occupation (F=3.14, p=0.03) and child characteristics (F=4.87, p=0.01).
3) There were significant correlation between child rearing attitudes of the fathers and their age (tau=-0.16, p=0.04), and child characteristics (tau=0.21, p=0.02).
CONCLUSION: The results of this study indicate that attitudes of fathers to child rearing are important and it is necessary to develop a systemic parenting education program.