Research & Resources

High-quality research can inform Responsible Fatherhood program delivery and practitioners' advice to fathers. Resources from Responsible Fatherhood programs and other programs serving families and fathers can provide activities and information for engaging fathers. 

This section offers research and resources on various topics relevant to dads and Responsible Fatherhood practitioners. Check out the featured resources and topics of interest, and visit the main library for advanced search.

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For incarcerated fathers, prison rather than work mediates access to their families. Prison rules and staff regulate phone privileges, access to writing materials, and visits. Perhaps even more important are the ways in which the penal system shapes men’s gender performances. Incarcerated men must negotiate how they will enact violence and aggression, both in terms of the expectations placed upon inmates by the prison system and in terms of their own responses to these expectations.

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Fact Sheet

This fact sheet is designed to help schools understand more about human trafficking and how to recognize signs that it may be occurring. The resource includes an in-depth overview of indicators that school administration and staff should be aware of, information on how to report suspected incidences, and links to additional resources to increase understanding of the extent of human trafficking, how it affects children and adolescents, and how to protect students from human trafficking.

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During this webinar we discussed the ways we can address the mental health challenges of dads. Researchers, practitioners, and fathers with lived experiences navigating mental health disorders shared strategies and resources for working with dads. Attendees learned:

Did You Know?

Children with involved fathers are less likely to act out in school or engage in risky behaviors in adolescence.

Dads are just as likely as moms to say that parenting is extremely important to their identity.

Dads limiting drinking and avoiding substance abuse can lead to more positive outcomes for their children.