Research Repository

The Transition to Fatherhood: The Level of First-time Fathers' Involvement and Strength of Bonding with Their Infants

Habib, C and Lancaster, Sandra (2005) The Transition to Fatherhood: The Level of First-time Fathers' Involvement and Strength of Bonding with Their Infants. Journal of Family Studies, 11 (2). pp. 249-266. ISSN 1322-9400

Full text for this resource is not available from the Research Repository.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to describe the level of involvement and psychological bonding of a sample of Australian first-time fathers with their 6-month-old infants. Involvement was defined in terms of fathers’ engagement, accessibility, and responsibility. Sixty-one men completed a time-diary interview protocol, a responsibility scale, and a postnatal bonding scale. Predictably, fathers were more involved on non-workdays, than workdays but the extent of the difference depended on the type of involvement. Father’s share of the responsibility for their infant was a little less than mother’s share. Similar and contrasting findings with recent local and international large-scale studies are discussed. Paternal involvement and bonding were shown to be different dimensions of fathering, adding to the idea of a multidimensional conceptualisation of fathering. Further research avenues are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID10067; fathers and infants relationships, Australian first-time fathers, paternal involvement and bonding
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
FOR Classification > 1702 Cognitive Science
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2012 04:05
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2012 04:05
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/2763
ePrint Statistics: View download statistics for this item
Citations in Scopus: 2 - View on Scopus

Repository staff only

View Item View Item

Search Google Scholar