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 1322-9400Full text for this resource is not available from the Research Repository.
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.
|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
|Date Deposited:||20 Mar 2012 04:05|
|Last Modified:||20 Mar 2012 04:05|
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