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

SAMHSA presents five reasons that parents should talk with their children about alcohol and other drugs.

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People with certain risk factors may be more likely to experience violence. Meanwhile, protective factors can help buffer people from violence. This video humanizes both types of factors by using actors on a stage to show how people can move up or get held back in life. It will ultimately show how increasing what protects people from violence and reducing what puts people at risk for it benefits everyone.

Did You Know?

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

The daily sleeping habits of parents and their adolescent children are similar, including bedtimes and length of sleep.

Dads can keep their children safe by teaching them how to swim and by locking up house cleaning agents.