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 resource provides many links to selected articles, programs, and resources that focus on engaging and supporting Native fathers.


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The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) hosted a webinar entitled Work, Life, & Balance on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020. The hosts were David Miller, NRFC Social Media Lead and James Worthy, NRFC Outreach Coordinator. The panelists were former NFL and College Football players Darryl Bullock, Ryan Gilliam, Deryk Gilmore, Keith Goganious, and Andre Collins. During the webinar, the panelist spoke about their experiences playing football and being a father.

Did You Know?

By playing with their children, dads can increase children’s physical activity.

Children who feel close to their fathers at ages 6-9 tend to have better self-esteem and life satisfaction later in life.

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