How do Malaysian Adolescent Children Perceive their Fathers’ Involvement in their Parenting?

By Amla Salleh, Zahara Aziz, Abd. Aziz Mahyuddin and Zuria Mahmud.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper reports a study on relationship between fathers’ involvement in parenting and their children’s psychosocial development. A survey of 468 Form four students revealed those fathers’ parenting skills was found to be related to self-concept but not to their children’s academic achievement. The trends in academic development and self-concept were similar among male and female respondents. The students’ academic achievement was reported as high, but it was not related to fathers’ parenting skills. The present study did not examine the role of mothers. As a result, this study cannot determine which parent holds more influence in motivating children academically. In general, fathers’ level of parenting was perceived rather highly, with a mean score of 3.67. Analysis of three types of parenting skills showed fathers’ involvement was highest in the area of responsibility and lowest in accessibility. Because the majority of respondents were ethnic Malay from low income group, this study does not reflect the reality of Malaysian society.

Keywords: Parenting Style, Adolescents, Psychosocial Development

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.117-130. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.190MB).

Prof. Amla Salleh

Professor, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia

Amla Salleh is a professor at Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her specialization is in counselor education and training and her interest includes student development and learning.

Dr. Zahara Aziz

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia

Dr. Zahara is a senior lecturer at UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia

Abd. Aziz Mahyuddin

Lecturer, Islamic Teacher Training College, Ministry of Education Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia

Mr. Abd. Aziz Mahyuddian is a lecturer at an Islamic Teacher training College in Malaysia.

Prof. Dr. Zuria Mahmud

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Malaysia

I am currently teaching at he Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia. My field of specialization is counseling Education and Supervision. Besides teaching and supervision I am also active in reaserch and publication. My works focus on issues related to counseling practice and training. I am married and blessed with three girls.


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