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Girdwood: The Influence of Paternal Relationships on the Development of Athletic Male Offspring

Girdwood: The Influence of Paternal Relationships on the Development of Athletic Male Offspring

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Extending the Essential Father Theory, this proposal seeks to conduct research that will provide explanations of outcomes when levels of influence that fathers contribute to the development of their sons vary. This examination of successful outcomes will advance sociological research in regard to both occupation and health. I hypothesize that fathers are essential to positive child development by helping (a) set status attainment goals from ages 8 - 12 years; and (b) provide achievement motivation from ages 13 - 17 years. In addition to those developmental periods, I will look closely at the influence that fathers' socioeconomic backgrounds play throughout both periods. I will conduct interviews with sons who either are professional athletes, former professional athletes, or who are very close to becoming professional athletes. I will also perform media content analysis of athletes' descriptions of fatherly influence when the subject matter is similarly related to that of the research interview questions. Combining both methods, I can propose better understanding of paternal influence on the development of athletic children.
Extending the Essential Father Theory, this proposal seeks to conduct research that will provide explanations of outcomes when levels of influence that fathers contribute to the development of their sons vary. This examination of successful outcomes will advance sociological research in regard to both occupation and health. I hypothesize that fathers are essential to positive child development by helping (a) set status attainment goals from ages 8 - 12 years; and (b) provide achievement motivation from ages 13 - 17 years. In addition to those developmental periods, I will look closely at the influence that fathers' socioeconomic backgrounds play throughout both periods. I will conduct interviews with sons who either are professional athletes, former professional athletes, or who are very close to becoming professional athletes. I will also perform media content analysis of athletes' descriptions of fatherly influence when the subject matter is similarly related to that of the research interview questions. Combining both methods, I can propose better understanding of paternal influence on the development of athletic children.

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THE INFLUENCE OF PATERNAL RELATIONSHIPS ON THE DEVELOPMENTOF ATHLETIC MALE OFFSPRINGby John GirdwoodMichigan State UniversityDepartment of SociologyWord count: 5019Michigan State University • Department of Sociology316 Berkey Hall Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1111
 
John GirdwoodFINAL PROPOSALSOC 820December 15, 20092
 
John GirdwoodFINAL PROPOSALSOC 820ABSTRACTExtending the Essential Father Theory, this proposal seeks to conduct researchthat will provide explanations of outcomes when levels of influence that fatherscontribute to the development of their sons vary. This examination of successfuloutcomes will advance sociological research in regard to both occupation andhealth. I hypothesize that fathers are essential to positive child development byhelping (a) set status attainment goals from ages 8 - 12 years; and (b) provideachievement motivation from ages 13 - 17 years. In addition to thosedevelopmental periods, I will look closely at the influence that fathers'socioeconomic backgrounds play throughout both periods. I will conductinterviews with sons who either are professional athletes, former professionalathletes, or who are very close to becoming professional athletes. I will alsoperform media content analysis of athletes' descriptions of fatherly influencewhen the subject matter is similarly related to that of the research interviewquestions. Combining both methods, I can propose better understanding of paternal influence on the development of athletic children.December 15, 20093

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