Longitudinal influences on men's lives: Research from the transition to fatherhood project and beyond

Nan Marie Astone, H. Elizabeth Peters

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Abstract

In this paper we discuss findings from the Transition to Fatherhood Project, as well as other research, to consider how changes in fatherhood may affect men. We first outline how the context of fathering has changed over the past half a century; we focus particularly on non-marital fatherhood, non-custodial fatherhood and multiple-partner fertility. Then, in the second part of the paper, we summarize what the literature can tell us about the employment and health consequences of fatherhood for men in different contexts and the intrinsic benefits from direct involvement with children. We close with a call for more research on the motivations for fatherhood, how fatherhood affects men differently and on how men think about fatherhood. In addition, we call for public policy based on the idea that children need time as well as money from their fathers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-173
Number of pages13
JournalFathering
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Fatherhood
  • Men's health
  • Multiple partner fertility
  • Non-custodial fatherhood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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