Keywords

fathers, fathering, childlessness, fertility, paternity, roles

Abstract

This paper presents four contemporary types of American manhood: (a) the new, involved father, (b) the good provider, (c) the deadbeat dad, and (d) the paternity-free man. These four types are compared, contrasted, and contextualized with related data from the classic Middletown studies of the 1920s and 1930s. The significance and implications of the trend toward paternity-free manhood are discussed, and directions for future research are suggested.

Original Publication Citation

Marks, L. D., & Palkovitz, R. (2004). American fatherhood types: The good, the bad, and the uninterested. Fathering, 2, 113-129.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2004

Publisher

Fathering

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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