Explaining the Long Reach of Fathers’ Prenatal Involvement on Later Paternal Engagement

Authors

  • Natasha J. Cabrera,

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    1. University of Maryland
      University of Maryland, College of Education, Human Development, 3304 Benjamin Bldg., Room 3304E, College Park, MD 20742 (ncabrera@umd.edu).
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  • Jay Fagan,

    1. Temple University*
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      Temple University, School of Social Administration, Ritter Hall Annex, 5th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19122.

  • Danielle Farrie

    1. Temple University**
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      Temple University, Department of Sociology, Gladfelter, 7th floor, 1115 W. Berks St., Philadelphia, PA 19122.


University of Maryland, College of Education, Human Development, 3304 Benjamin Bldg., Room 3304E, College Park, MD 20742 (ncabrera@umd.edu).

Abstract

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.

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