Journal of Marriage and Family Research Cited in Father's Day News Stories

Research from the Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF), published by NCFR, was prominently cited in early June by various media outlets in stories pertaining to the role of fathers in the lives of their children, and the significance that fatherhood plays in earning potential. These stories were published in the week leading up to Father's Day.

Effect of Low‐Income Unmarried Fathers' Presence at Birth on Involvement by Jennifer L. Bellamy, Matthew Thullen, and Sydney Hans (Vol. 77, Issue 3) finds that fathers involved during the birth of a child are more likely to be involved as a parent in the long term. This article was featured in a story by The Conversation and was picked up by Salon, the Houston Chronicle, and others.

The study in Does Adherence to Masculine Norms Shape Fathering Behavior? by Richard J. Petts, Kevin M. Shafer, and Lee Essig (Vol. 80, Issue 3) was covered in a story by the Cincinnati Enquirer. The research indicates that fathers who identify with a newer ideas of masculinity, such as being nurturing and supportive, are more involved in their children’s lives. Meanwhile, fathers who adhere to more traditional forms of masculinity (such as toughness) are less involved and are more likely to engage in harsh punishment.

Fathers earn higher wages from employers despite their skill level according to the study by Lynn Prince Cooke and Sylvia Fuller in Class Differences in Establishment Pathways to Fatherhood Wage Premiums (Vol. 80, Issue 3). This article was cited in a story by ScienceDaily, that also includes further findings by the Cooke and Fuller in the journal Work, Employment and Society.