Family Communication: Insights from Paternal Involvement in Child Development in a Kano Step Family, Nigeria
International Journal of Continuing Education (2101). Jos: University of Jos Vol. 4 No. 3, pp.192-202
14 Pages Posted: 20 May 2010 Last revised: 12 Dec 2013
Date Written: May 20, 2010
The role of fathers in a family goes beyond the provision of financial support. Paternal involvement is vital in shaping the overall well being of children. Interpersonal communication between father and child determines the strength of the relationship that emerges in a father-child interaction. When communication is non-verbal what do we expect the father-child relationship to be? This paper examines non-verbal communication in a step-family where a father wrote some letters to his child, the author of this paper. The primary objective of the paper is to determine the impact of those letters on the child’s character. Descriptive design with content analysis and systematic sampling procedures were used. Multi-method instrumentation was used to collect primary data. Secondary data were collected from published and electronic sources. Qualitative data analysis techniques were employed. The paper’s main conclusion is that the father’s letters did narrow the gap in the father-child face-to-face relationship. The paper recommends, among others, that fathers in a step-family should use letters to moderate the effect of “stepmother-factor” in interacting with their children.
Keywords: Paternal involvement, stepfamily, child development, non-verbal communication, Hausa community, Islamic traditions, Kano
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