Transition to fatherhood

Sonia Molloy, Brian P. Cole, Alyssa Dye, Daniel B. Singley, Paul B. Ingram

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The shift to parenthood is a life course transition that is accompanied by changing roles and responsibilities. Becoming a parent to a new baby can be filled with joy and anticipation; however, it is also accompanied by stress and major adjustments. The transition to fatherhood involves cognitive, affective, and behavioral changes. This father-focused chapter centers on the individual and relational factors that impact fathers' transition to parenthood and fatherhood. We first provide a brief overview of the study of fatherhood and situate the conceptualization and measurement of father involvement in the perinatal period. Second, we review current issues, challenges, and supports during this transitional perinatal period. We conclude the chapter with implications for practitioners, programs, and future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of the Psychology of Fatherhood
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783031144981
ISBN (Print)9783031144974
StatePublished - Nov 21 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine


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