Fatherhood as a Hidden Variable in Men’s Development and Life Courses

Title Fatherhood as a Hidden Variable in Men’s Development and Life Courses
Publication Type Journal Articles
Year of Publication 2010
Authors Settersten, Jr., RA, Cancel-Tirado D
Journal Research in Human Development
Volume 7
Issue 2
Pagination 83 – 102
Date Published 05/2010
ISSN 1542-7617
Abstract Research on fatherhood has focused on the effects of father involvement on
children. The authors instead examine the consequences of fatherhood for men’s
personal growth and identity, social relationships, health and well-being, and work
and education. They argue that fatherhood is a critical but hidden variable beneath
knowledge about men’s lives. The authors highlight the growing groups of vulnerable
fathers, but also suggest that these are, increasingly, every man. They discuss
whether being a “good” father is becoming a new privilege, how social institutions
and policies might be rearchitected to better support men and fathers, and new
directions for scholarship.
PDF Fatherhood as a Hidden Variable in Men’s Development and Life Courses
DOI 10.1080/15427609.2010.481520
Short Title Research in Human Development
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