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ERIC Number: ED454972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Pages: 31
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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)
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: For full text:
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. National Center on Fathers and Families.