Research & Resources

High-quality research can inform Responsible Fatherhood program delivery and practitioners' advice to fathers. Resources from Responsible Fatherhood programs and other programs serving families and fathers can provide activities and information for engaging fathers. 

This section offers research and resources on various topics relevant to dads and Responsible Fatherhood practitioners. Check out the featured resources and topics of interest, and visit the main library for advanced search.

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For incarcerated fathers, prison rather than work mediates access to their families. Prison rules and staff regulate phone privileges, access to writing materials, and visits. Perhaps even more important are the ways in which the penal system shapes men’s gender performances. Incarcerated men must negotiate how they will enact violence and aggression, both in terms of the expectations placed upon inmates by the prison system and in terms of their own responses to these expectations.

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Fact Sheet

Mental health is not simply the absence of a mental disorder. Children who don’t have a mental disorder might differ in how well they are doing, and children who have the same diagnosed mental disorder might differ in their strengths and weaknesses in how they are developing and coping, and in their quality of life. Mental health as a continuum and the identification of specific mental disorders are both ways to understand how well children are doing.

 

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VIDEO

Parents and families are facing new challenges, but one thing hasn’t changed-- the importance of dads being involved in their children’s lives. The NRFC is proud to release a series of new PSAs that encourage fathers to show their “#Dadication” by making time for their kids, even when parenting isn’t easy.

This video titled, Durrell, features a dad who, along with his wife, are creating an environment in which their children are inspired and are thriving. 

Did You Know?

When both parents are involved with the child, infants are attached to both parents from the beginning of life.

Children who feel close to their fathers at ages 6-9 tend to have better self-esteem and life satisfaction later in life. 

In 2016, fathers reported spending an average of 8 hours a week on childcare – almost triple the time from 1965.