Fatherhood as a transformative process : unexpected successes among high risk fathers (Chapter 9 of Fragile families and the marriage agenda.)

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Page Count
22
Year Published
2006
Author (Organization)
Florsheim, Paul.
Ngu, Le Q.
Resource Type
Book
Resource Format
Unbound
Resource Language
English
This chapter identifies developmental factors associated with positive fathering among 179 young, high-risk fathers who made a better than expected adjustment to parenthood. Results found that despite significant individual and social disadvantages, these fathers developed relational capacities associated with positive parenting. These capacities include a growth-oriented perspective on the co-parenting relationship, a commitment to shared responsibility for taking care of the co-parenting relationship, and a willingness to empathize with their co-parenting partners. Case studies illustrate the transformation of these young fathers and underscore the role of the co-parenting relationship in the development of these critical relational capacities. 3 tables and 44 references. (Author abstract modified)

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