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Explaining the Long Reach of Fathers’ Prenatal Involvement on Later Paternal Engagement
Article first published online: 21 NOV 2008
© National Council on Family Relations, 2008
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 70, Issue 5, pages 1094–1107, December 2008
How to Cite
Cabrera, N. J., Fagan, J. and Farrie, D. (2008), Explaining the Long Reach of Fathers’ Prenatal Involvement on Later Paternal Engagement. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70: 1094–1107. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2008.00551.x
- Issue published online: 21 NOV 2008
- Article first published online: 21 NOV 2008
- early childhood;
- family data sets;
- Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing (FFCW);
- parental investment;
- parental involvement
The present study examined the association between unmarried fathers’ prenatal involvement and fathers’ engagement later in the child’s life. The study sample consisted of 1,686 fathers from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Findings using multiple regressions revealed that fathers’ prenatal involvement is significantly and positively associated with levels of fathers’ engagement at Years 1 and 3. This association was partially explained by fathers’ transitions from unemployment to employment and to a greater extent by fathers’ transitions from nonresidential to residential relationships with the child’s mother.