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An Exploratory Analysis of the Factors Associated with Fathers’ School Involvement in South Korea

  • Hyunah LeeEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

Objectives

The current “Dad Craze” trend has changed the South Korean father figure and has increased the number of fathers participating in children’s education. South Korean parents are known for placing a particularly high value on child education. Despite a significant body of research on fathers’ involvement with their children, no research has investigated the factors affecting fathers’ school involvement in South Korea. This study established an empirical framework for fathers’ school involvement based on the Lamb-Pleck four factor model and explored factors that influence Korean fathers’ school involvement.

Methods

Using data derived from an internet survey of South Korean fathers with school-aged children (N  =  500), descriptive statistics analysis and a regression analysis were conducted to examine the level of fathers’ school involvement and its determinants.

Results

Regression analysis showed that fathers’ parent efficacy (B  =  .367, p  =  .006) as a skill factor, wife’s support (B  =  .430, p  <  .000) as a social support factor, and working flexibility (B  =  .280, p  =  .001) as an institutional factor had a statistically significant effect on father school involvement.

Conclusions

This study revealed that skill (fathers’ parental efficacy), social support (wife’s support for fathering), and institutional factor (working flexibility) were key predictors of fathers’ involvement in their children’s schools. Father’s gender role attitude did not have a significant effect on the fathers’ school involvement. This study provides empirical evidence regarding determinants of fathers’ school involvement in South Korea and suggests policy implications in order to promote fathers’ school involvement.

Keywords

South Korean fathers Fathers’ school involvement Parental efficacy Wife’s support for fathering 

Notes

Funding

This work was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF- 2017S1A5B5A02024132).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The author declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Multicultural Society and PolicyDaegu UniversityGyeongsan-siRepublic of Korea

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