Starting a conversation with another parent can sometimes be a little intimidating. Dads can feel a little awkward in starting or carrying on a parenting conversation, particularly if they don't know the other person in that conversation well (or at all). This fact sheet offers tips on connecting with other parents including finding other dads with similar interests, the best ways to initiate contact, as well as what kinds of conversations to have with women with children. (Author abstract modified)
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Key demographics were recently released from a study of reentry programs under the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI) -- a Federal effort to help States use their correctional resources to reduce recidivism. Aimed at increasing public safety, SVORI is an unprecedented national response to the criminal justice, employment, education, health, and housing challenges that adult and juvenile offenders face when they return to the community. This article summarizes the demographics and responses of the men who participated in the 5-year SVORI program.
In this paper I review Daniel Patrick Moynihan's views on employment and young black men in his 1965 report. I then update the evidence on their employment status, and review the causes and policy implications of these trends. Moynihan was extremely prescient in forecasting a "crisis...that would only grow worse." He understood that these trends involve both limits on labor market opportunities that these young men face as well as skill deficits and behavioral responses by the young men themselves. Policies that deal with a wide range of disadvantages and behaviors are needed to reverse these…
Many of the nation's most vexing domestic problems are linked with negative behaviors of and problems experienced by adolescent boys and young men. Delinquency and crime, school dropout, unemployment and nonwork, nonmarital births, and poverty are all associated disproportionately with young men. Two sets of public policies--wage subsidies and work requirements--that hold promise for helping young men increase their employment and earnings could thereby alleviate many of these social problems, especially poverty. (Author abstract)
This paper analyzes data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study to examine a sample of urban fathers, a majority of whom were unwed at the time of their child's birth. Integrating research on race/ethnicity, poverty, family, work, and crime, this study explores how fathers' participation in regular work, underground employment, and illicit hustles is related to engagement with their children; it also investigates how these relationships vary by race. The results show that the more time fathers spend in illegal hustling, the less engaged they are with their children. In…
This chapter explores the influence of race and ethnicity as a factor for fathers of color. It discusses issues affecting fathers of color in America today, similarities and differences among fathers of color, contributions of Latino and African American fathers in the lives of their children, and potential hurdles some fathers of color may face in being involved fathers. Suggestions to help others understand and appreciate the contributions made by fathers of color are presented. 70 references.
This chapter outlines fathers' issues in harmonizing work and family needs and expectations. Using the metaphor of musical harmony as a paradigm for working fathers, it explores the significance of work for fathers in their role as parents and the frequent conflicts that occur between work and family contexts. Suggestions for dealing with work-family conflicts are offered, such as limiting work time as possible, bundling activities, staying in touch from a distance, and using flexible work options. 16 references.
This on-line survey will help you assess the degree to which your business' operations include helping fathers find a successful balance between the demands of their jobs and the commitments to their families.
The two papers summarized in this brief examined theeffects of incarceration on the labor market outcomes of married and unmarried fathers. Consistent with previous research, researchers find strong evidence that spending time in prison reduces the likelihood of work and the level of earnings and wages. These findings are consistent with earlier studies which generally report a 10 to 30 percent lossin annual earnings and a 25 to 30 percent reduction in the probability of working associated with imprisonment. (Author abstract, modified)
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Objectives. This article considers how becoming a father affects men's employment levels and test whether the effects of fatherhood differ by the relationship of the father to the child's mother at the time of the birth. Methods. We use data from the Fragile Families and Well-being Study to fit growth curve models of new fathers' employment trajectories for the first five years after they become fathers. Results. Prior to becoming a father, married men worked more hours per week and more weeks per year than cohabiting and non-resident fathers. By five years after the birth, differences in…