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 National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) Tip Sheet has suggestions and resources to help young dads enjoy a successful journey with their child and their child’s mother.

Information is drawn from previously published NRFC material and other resources noted at the end of this document.

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Parents and families are facing new challenges, but one thing hasn’t changed: the importance of dads being involved in their children’s lives. The NRFC is proud to release a series of new PSAs that encourage fathers to show their “#Dadication” by making time for their kids, even when parenting isn’t easy.

Check out the four “#Dadication” PSAs which, depict some of the many ways fathers can show up for their children even when they are facing common stressors like financial burdens and busy schedules.

Did You Know?

Children who feel a close to their father are twice as likely to enter college or find stable employment after high school.

When dads are involved from birth, their children reach health and social milestones earlier and have more long-term success.

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