Title

The Role of Father Involvement in Personality Change in Men across the Transition to Parenthood

Keywords

adult development, father involvement, personality change, transition to parenthood

Abstract

While an active father gains rewards form his involvement, he is likely to experience some disappointing consequences, as well. This study finds that fathers of boys decreased in self-esteem across the transition to parenthood. This change in self-esteem is predicted by father involvement with his child, with more involved fathers declining most in self-esteem. The difficulties of involved parenthood, however, ultimately may serve as catalysts to healthy adult development.

Original Publication Citation

Hawkins, A. J., & Belsky, J. (1989). The role of father involvement in personality change in men across the transition to parenthood. Family Relations, 38, 378-384.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1989-10

Publisher

Family Relations

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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