Maternal & Parental Engagement and Children’s Cognitive & Social Skills in Caribbean Countries

September 28, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Falk College, Room 411 (MacNaughton Hall)
150 Crouse Dr
Syracuse, NY 13244
Katie Gratien

The Falk College Research Center presents “Maternal and Paternal Engagement and Children’s Cognitive and Social Skills in Caribbean Countries“, with Jaipaul Lalla Roopnarine, Human Development & Family Science, on Friday September 28, in Falk College Room 411 (MacNaughton Hall) at 12:00pm to 1:15pm.

Abstract: There have been different attempts within human developmental science to determine culture-specific links between mothers’ and fathers’ modes of engagement and children’s early cognitive and social development in developing countries. Over the past 25 years, my colleagues and I have been exploring the meaning of mothers’ and fathers’ cognitive (e.g., literacy, play) and social engagement and childhood development across and within Caribbean countries (e.g., Belize, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname). In these efforts, data from national studies and the UNICEF Micro Indicator Cluster surveys indicate that patterns of paternal engagement is a cause for concern and that associations between maternal and paternal engagement and childhood social and cognitive outcomes vary considerably across countries. In some cases, preschool enrollment and material resources eclipse paternal and maternal involvement in predicting childhood outcomes underlining the importance of nonparental factors (literacy materials, neighborhood collective efficacy and cohesion) versus parental investment for childhood development in challenging ecological niches. Risk and protective factors in early patterns of socialization for Caribbean families are identified.

A catered lunch will be served during the presentation. Please RSVP or notify us if you need accommodations by September 20, 2018 to Katie Gratien at 315.443.5929 or