Policy makers and others are concerned that many young men today are only loosely attached to their children and their children's mothers. This concern has been fueled by rising rates of non-marital childbearing, delays in the age of marriage, increases in the share of children being raised in female-headed families, and the failure of some biological fathers to D'ovide economic support to their children.
The aim of this proposal is to form a multi-disciplinary team of research collaborators who will meet on a regular basis to plan and conduct coordinated analyses on topics relating to the transition to fatherhood using multiple data sets. The four projects included in this proposal address the following related issues: 1. What are the economic, policy, psychological, and sociological factors that influence the timing of biological fatherhood and the circumstances under which fatherhood occurs? What is the role of men in the timing and circumstances of sexual initiation, contraceptive use, pregnancy, and childbearing? 2. What is the relationship between the transition to biological fatherhood and other transitions to adulthood, such as marriage, educational completion, and entry into the workforce? 3. What are the determinants of responsible fathering, and, in particular, what is the role of family process within and across generations? 4. What are the social, economic, policy, relationship and individual factors associated with men having additional births after they have already become fathers, and what factors lead men to have additional births, with more than one partner? Each project will conduct parallel analyses across multiple data sets, and similar data sets will be used across many of the projects. The data sets used in the four projects include National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 and 1979; Add Health; National Survey of Adolescent Males; National Survey of Family Growth; Fragile Families; Early Head Start; Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort; National Survey of Families and Households; Panel Study of Income Dynamics-CDS. Our strategy will enable us to obtain a much fuller understanding of the factors that influence the transition to fatherhood. We also propose two infrastructure cores: (A) Administration and Dissemination and (B) Data Management and Methodology.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
Research Program Projects (P01)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZHD1-DSR-W (PE))
Program Officer
Bures, Regina M
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Cornell University
Other Domestic Higher Education
United States
Zip Code
Goldscheider, Frances K; Hofferth, Sandra L; Curtin, Sally C (2014) Parenthood and Leaving Home in Young Adulthood. Popul Res Policy Rev 33:771-796
Cabrera, Natasha; Hofferth, Sandra L; Hancock, Gregory (2014) Family structure, maternal employment, and change in children's externalizing problem behaviour: Differences by age and self-regulation. Eur J Dev Psychol 11:136-158
Joyner, Kara; Peters, H Elizabeth; Hynes, Kathryn et al. (2012) The quality of male fertility data in major U.S. surveys. Demography 49:101-24
Hofferth, Sandra L; Pleck, Joseph H; Vesely, Colleen K (2012) The Transmission of Parenting from Fathers to Sons. Parent Sci Pract 12:282-305
Manlove, Jennifer; Wildsmith, Elizabeth; Welti, Kate et al. (2012) Relationship Characteristics and the Relationship Context of Nonmarital First Births Among Young Adult Women. Soc Sci Q 93:506-520
Hofferth, Sandra L; Pinzon, Angela M (2011) Do Nonresidential Fathers' Financial Support and Contact Improve Children's Health? J Fam Econ Issues 32:280-295
Hofferth, Sandra L; Goldscheider, Frances (2010) Family structure and the transition to early parenthood. Demography 47:415-37
Hofferth, Sandra L; Goldscheider, Frances (2010) Does Change in Young Men's Employment Influence Fathering? Fam Relat 59:479-493
Hofferth, Sandra L; Forry, Nicole D; Peters, H Elizabeth (2010) Child Support, Father-Child Contact, and Preteens' Involvement with Nonresidential Fathers: Racial/Ethnic Differences. J Fam Econ Issues 31:14-32
Astone, Nan Marie; Dariotis, Jacinda; Sonenstein, Freya et al. (2010) Men's Work Efforts and the Transition to Fatherhood. J Fam Econ Issues 31:3-13

Showing the most recent 10 out of 13 publications