Co-parental relationship functioning during the transition to fatherhood

Anthony L Chambers*, Melvin Wilson

*Corresponding author for this work

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    The study sought to replicate findings in a preliminary study (Chambers, Schmidt, & Wilson, 2006) that used Item Response Methodology to uncover the heterogeneity of low-income fathers' relationship with their child's mother. The study also used fathers' reports to examine low-income couples' relationship functioning during the transition to parenthood and the impact of that relationship on father involvement. The study examined 3,326 fathers at baseline and 1,442 fathers at 12-month follow-up from the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being project. The current study was able to replicate findings in the preliminary study, and found evidence documenting relationship stress related to the transition to parenthood. Finally, the study found mixed results on the impact of the father-mother relationship on father involvement.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationFatherhood
    Subtitle of host publicationRoles, Responsibilities and Rewards
    PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)9781617613265
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)


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