ERIC Number: ED454972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Role Transitions: A Review of the Literature.
Jordan, Will J.
This paper reviews and synthesizes a broad range of research studies and theoretical essays related to the transition to fatherhood. This literature suggests that the transition to fatherhood can best be described as a set of normative developmental events that occur during the life course. In addition, while transformation into the role of father is a critical stage for individual development, the process takes place within the context of small social systems, such as dyads, nested within families or family-like environments. In order to understand fatherhood experiences, the review analyzes the fathers' relationship with his child, his child's mother, and the functioning of the family as a unitary social entity. Larger social networks, such as extended families and families of origin, affect the process of role change among new and expectant fathers; these networks are examined as well. Finally, the special case of early role transition to fatherhood among adolescents is a major topic reviewed in this paper. Implications for research and practice are discussed. (Contains 66 references.) (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Early Parenthood, Emotional Adjustment, Extended Family, Family Environment, Family Relationship, Family Structure, Fathers, Individual Development, Literature Reviews, Mothers, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Parent Responsibility, Parent Role, Theories
National Center on Fathers and Families, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, 3700 Walnut Street, Box 58, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6216. Tel: 215-573-5500; Fax: 215-573-5508; e-mail: email@example.com. For full text: http://www.ncoff.gse.upenn.edu.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. National Center on Fathers and Families.