Studies on the relationship between fathers' marital satisfaction and involvement with their children have yielded conflicting results. As a partial test of a theoretical model of responsible fathering (Doherty, Kouneski, & Erickson, 1998), this study re-examined this relationship by using measures of both quantity and quality of father involvement and by exploring moderator effects and linear versus curvilinear relationships between the variables. Data were from a longitudinal study of 165 couples collected during the second trimester of pregnancy, and 6 and 12 months postpartum. Bivariate correlations, hierarchical multiple regression, and curve estimation were used to analyze the data. Results showed that fathers' marital satisfaction and involvement are positively related, that mothers' employment status and fathers' attitudes toward father involvement are important moderators, and that the statistical relationships are linear. (Author abstract)
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