Terry Keller, PhD

2017
Examining the Relationship Quality of Fathers with Their Young Children

Examining the relationship quality of fathers with their young children is a multi-manuscript dissertation. Three studies were conducted using the Dynamic Maturation Model of Attachment [DMM] as a framework for exploring the relationship of fathers with their young children. The first study explored the father as a driver in the attachment relationship through phenomenological interviews. The second study explored how the infant becomes actively involved in the attachment relationship through phenomenological interviews. The final study explored using the CARE-Index as a way to measure the quality of the relationship based on video-taped interaction of the father and child in a play setting.