Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.


Social Work

Degree Program

Social Work, PhD

Committee Chair

Sar, Bibhuti

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Lawson, Thomas

Committee Member

Lawson, Thomas

Committee Member


Committee Member

Perry, Armon

Committee Member

Beldesoe, Linda

Committee Member

Flaherty, Chris

Author's Keywords

childhood; early life stressors; father involvement


Father and child--Psychological aspects; Fathers--Psychology; Paternity--Psychological aspects


This study utilized the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97) dataset to examine the effect of men’s early life stressful events and their father involvement with their new biological child(ren). The problems associated with low level of father involvement or even father absence in the country followed by the dearth of studying men who experienced stressful events during childhood were first discussed. A series of factors in the literature that can affect the level of father involvement and various of childhood stressful events were also presented. Following this, the characteristics of study subjects’ demographics, household information, men’s crime history, substance use history, early life stressful events, and men’s father/figure were studied. A logistic regression analysis was used to determine the best predictors of the level of men’s involvement with their new biological child(ren). The best predictors were age when a man became a father and whether he had been arrested in childhood. Future research is needed to evaluate fathering activities representative of the direct and indirect engagement dimensions.

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