Advancing Fathering Research: Paternal Identity, Father Involvement, and Child Outcomes

Concurrent Sessions 3

Geoffrey L. Brown, Avery Hennigar, Natasha J. Cabrera, Kelly S. Mix, Richard J. Petts, Kevin Shafer, Nathan Robbins, Lee W. Essig; Discussant: Rob Palkovitz; Chair: Kevin Shafer

3:30 PM
4:45 PM
Salon 12
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  • Research
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  • Research & Theory

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  • 147-01 - Racial Identity, Masculine Identity, and Young, Black Fathers’ Involvement
    By Geoffrey L. Brown
  • 147-02 - Low-income Fathers, Math Talk, and Children’s Math Skills
    By Avery Hennigar, Natasha J. Cabrera, Kelly S. Mix
  • 147-03 - Does Adherence to Masculine Norms Shape Fathers’ Attitudes and Behaviors?
    By Richard J. Petts, Kevin Shafer
  • 147-04 - Do You Even Parent, Bro? Masculine Identity, External Barriers, and Parenting Stress
    By Nathan Robbins, Lee W. Essig

Discussant: Rob Palkovitz
Chair: Kevin Shafer


Fathers are increasingly engaged in the new fatherhood ideal, which emphasizes the importance of economic, emotional, and instrumental parenting by men. Within the context of this significant shift in parenting, a growing body of research has addressed how children benefit from present, engaged, and involved fathers. However, greater attention is needed on the question of paternal identity and how such an identity, in turn, influences child outcomes. The four papers in this symposium consider the role of racial/ethnic, masculine, and paternal identity and father involvement and its influence on children. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.


(1) To evaluate the effect of paternal identity on father involvement. (2) To analyze paternal identity in different populations of children and fathers. (3) To test identity theory as a framework for understanding father involvement and child outcomes.

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