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Child health
Exploratory analysis of single 15 min videotaped structured play session of children aged 1 year reveals no differences between father’s parenting behaviours whether infants are born prematurely or at term
  1. Amanda J Lee
  1. Correspondence to Dr Amanda J Lee, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull Faculty of Health and Social Care, Hull, HU6 7RX, UK; A.J.Lee{at}

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Commentary on: McMahon GE, Spencer-Smith MM, Pace CC, et al. Influence of fathers’ early parenting and development of children born very preterm and full term. Journal of Pediatrics 2019:205; 195–201.

Implications for practice and research

  • Fathers’ parenting behaviours are important to subsequent child development.

  • Further research is needed to review parental interactions and child development for infants born prematurely.


Parenting behaviours impact on child development.1 Children are influenced by a range of factors, including social, cultural, psychological, financial and intellectual standing. Child factors also influence parenting behaviours (such as prematurity, neurodevelopmental disability and gender). Fathers’ parenting styles differ to mothers’, and this can also impact on child behaviour.2

There are many ways to measure behaviours associated with ‘positive and negative’ parenting. …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.