IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(5): 318-324 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.842

Predictors of Father Involvement: The Role of Early Life Events and Stressors

Qiuli Hao
Abstract—This study utilized the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97) dataset to examine the effect of men’s early life stressful events and their father involvement with their new biological child(ren). The problems associated with low level of father involvement or even father absence in the United States followed by the dearth of studying men who experienced stressful events during childhood were first discussed. A series of factors in the literature that can affect the level of father involvement and various of childhood stressful events were also presented. Following this, the characteristics of study subjects’ demographics, household information, men’s crime history, substance use history, early life stressful events, and men’s father/figure were studied. A logistic regression analysis was used to determine the best predictors of the level of men’s involvement with their new biological child(ren). The best predictors were age when a man became a father and whether he had been arrested in childhood. Future research is needed to evaluate fathering activities representative of the direct and indirect engagement dimensions.

Index Terms—Childhood, early life stressors, father involvement.

Qiuli Hao is with Social Work at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, USA (e-mail: qiuli.hao@uc.edu).

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Cite: Qiuli Hao, "Predictors of Father Involvement: The Role of Early Life Events and Stressors," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 318-324, 2017.

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