Pathways Linking Childhood Trauma to Rural, Unmarried, African American Father Involvement Through Oxytocin Receptor Gene Methylation.

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Journal Name
Developmental Psychology
Journal Volume
56
Journal Issue
8
Page Count
12
Year Published
2020
Author (Individual)
Brown, G., Kogan, S., & Cho, J.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English

Father involvement contributes uniquely to children’s developmental outcomes. The antecedents of father involvement among unmarried, African American fathers from rural areas, however, have been largely overlooked. The present study tested a conceptual model linking retrospective reports of childhood trauma and early adulthood social instability to father involvement among unmarried, African American men living in resource-poor, rural communities in the southeastern United States. Findings suggest that OXTR methylation might be a biological mechanism linking social instability to father involvement among unmarried, African American fathers in vulnerable contexts and underscore the detrimental influence of childhood trauma on father involvement.

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