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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694555/parental-leave-use-among-disadvantaged-fathers
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Brianne Pragg, Chris Knoester
The United States lags behind other industrialized countries in its lack of inclusive and standardized parental leave policy after the birth or adoption of a child. Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N=2,233), this study examines the patterns and predictors of fathers' parental leave use, as well as its association with father-child engagement. Our findings indicate that the vast majority of employed fathers take parental leave, but they rarely take more than one week of leave. Fathers who have more positive attitudes about fatherhood and who live with the birth mother are especially likely to take leave, and to take more weeks of leave, than other fathers...
June 2017: Journal of Family Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632201/advantageous-developmental-outcomes-of-advancing-paternal-age
#2
M Janecka, F Rijsdijk, D Rai, A Modabbernia, A Reichenberg
Advanced paternal age (APA) at conception has been associated with negative outcomes in offspring, raising concerns about increasing age at fatherhood. Evidence from evolutionary and psychological research, however, suggests possible link between APA and a phenotypic advantage. We defined such advantage as educational success, which is positively associated with future socioeconomic status. We hypothesised that high IQ, strong focus on the subject of interest and little concern about 'fitting in' will be associated with such success...
June 20, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615139/the-impact-of-marriage-and-parenthood-on-male-body-mass-index-static-and-dynamic-effects
#3
Joanna Syrda
RATIONALE: Numerous cross-sectional studies investigated the link between marital status and BMI in the context of competing social science theories (marriage market, marriage selection, marriage protection and social obligation), frequently offering conflicting theoretical predictions and conflicting empirical findings. OBJECTIVE: This study analysed the effects of marriage, divorce, pregnancy, and parenthood on male BMI in a longitudinal setting, avoiding the estimation bias of cross-sectional studies and allowing for an analysis of BMI fluctuation over time and the dynamic effects of these events...
August 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557020/first-time-fathers-postnatal-experiences-and-support-needs-a-descriptive-qualitative-study
#4
Shefaly Shorey, Cindy-Lee Dennis, Shiho Bridge, Yap Seng Chong, Eleanor Holroyd, Hong-Gu He
AIM: To explore first-time fathers' postnatal experiences and support needs in the early postpartum period. BACKGROUND: The postnatal period is a stressful transition period for new fathers. It is imperative to understand their needs and experiences to provide appropriate support for them. The majority of previous studies were based in Western countries and explored fathers' needs during pregnancy and childbirth, with few studies conducted in the postnatal period...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481820/a-prenatal-coparenting-intervention-with-unmarried-father-mother-dyads-fidelity-of-intervention-delivery-by-male-female-community-mentor-teams
#5
Selin Salman-Engin, Tara Little, Vikki Gaskin-Butler, James P McHale
BACKGROUND: Most prenatal preventive interventions for unmarried mothers do not integrate fathers or help the parents plan for the development of a functional coparenting alliance after the baby's arrival. Furthermore, properly trained professionals have only rarely examined the fidelity of these interventions. PURPOSE: This report examines whether experienced community interventionists (home visitors, health educators, fatherhood service personnel) with no formal couples' therapy training are capable of pairing together to deliver with adequate fidelity a manualized dyadic intervention designed for expectant unmarried mothers and fathers...
June 2017: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481613/perceptions-of-masculinity-and-fatherhood-among-men-experiencing-homelessness
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Alexander Rice, Ji Youn Cindy Kim, Christopher Nguyen, William Ming Liu, Kevin Fall, Patrick Galligan
This study explored the perceptions of fatherhood held by 11 men living in a homeless shelter. Using consensual qualitative research methodology (CQR; Hill, 2012), we investigated perceptions of masculinity and fatherhood among fathers experiencing homelessness. Participants described (a) their perceptions of masculinity and fatherhood and changes resulting from homelessness, (b) physical and psychological challenges of being a father experiencing homelessness, and (c) expectations of homeless fathers. The fathers generally expressed feelings of low self-esteem related to their perceived difficulty fulfilling the role of providers for their family; however, they also adapted their view of fatherhood to include roles suited to their situation, such as that of guide, teacher, and role model...
May 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464725/the-development-and-application-of-a-protocol-for-the-writing-assessing-and-validating-of-a-corpus-of-relationship-focused-text-messages-for-new-and-expecting-fathers
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Chris D May, Richard Fletcher
In developed countries, antenatal education aims to reduce difficulties that mothers and fathers experience during transition to parenthood. However, fathers are often distracted from preparing themselves by the attention given to preparing and supporting mothers. Developments in digital communication present alternative means of supporting fathers at this time. Studies, across a range of health concerns, have reported successful outcomes from text-based interventions. Text messaging, focusing on the issues that cause paternal distress at this time, could provide timely, targeted, and effective support to fathers in their transition to parenthood...
May 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449728/stayin-on-track-the-feasibility-of-developing-internet-and-mobile-phone-based-resources-to-support-young-aboriginal-fathers
#8
Richard Fletcher, Craig Hammond, Darren Faulkner, Nicole Turner, Lisa Shipley, Donna Read, Josephine Gwynn
Young Aboriginal fathers face social and emotional challenges in the transition to fatherhood, yet culturally appropriate support mechanisms are lacking. Peer mentoring to develop online- and mobile phone-based resources and support may be a viable approach to successfully engage these young men. This feasibility study engaged two trusted Aboriginal mentors and researchers to partner with one regional and two rural Aboriginal communities in New South Wales, Australia. Early in the research process, 20 young Aboriginal fathers were recruited as co-investigators...
April 28, 2017: Australian Journal of Primary Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435680/adiposity-cvd-risk-factors-and-testosterone-variation-by-partnering-status-and-residence-with-children-in-us-men
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Lee T Gettler, Mallika S Sarma, Rieti G Gengo, Rahul C Oka, James J McKenna
Background and objectives: In many settings, partnered, invested fathers have lower testosterone than single men or fathers who are not involved in caregiving. Reduced testosterone has been identified as a risk factor for multiple chronic diseases, and men's health also commonly varies by life history status. There have been few tests of whether variation in testosterone based on partnering and parenting has implications for men's health. Methodology: We analysed data from a US population-representative sample (NHANES) of young-to-middle aged US men (n = 875; mean age: 29...
2017: Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433087/paternal-age-alters-social-development-in-offspring
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Magdalena Janecka, Claire M A Haworth, Angelica Ronald, Eva Krapohl, Francesca Happé, Jonathan Mill, Leonard C Schalkwyk, Cathy Fernandes, Abraham Reichenberg, Frühling Rijsdijk
OBJECTIVE: Advanced paternal age (APA) at conception has been linked with autism and schizophrenia in offspring, neurodevelopmental disorders that affect social functioning. The current study explored the effects of paternal age on social development in the general population. METHOD: We used multilevel growth modeling to investigate APA effects on socioemotional development from early childhood until adolescence, as measured by the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) sample...
May 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414073/metabolic-and-affective-consequences-of-fatherhood-in-male-california-mice
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Meng Zhao, Theodore Garland, Mark A Chappell, Jacob R Andrew, Wendy Saltzman
Physiological and affective condition can be modulated by the social environment and parental state in mammals. However, in species in which males assist with rearing offspring, the metabolic and affective effects of pair bonding and fatherhood on males have rarely been explored. In this study we tested the hypothesis that fathers, like mothers, experience energetic costs as well as behavioral and affective changes (e.g., depression, anxiety) associated with parenthood. We tested this hypothesis in the monogamous, biparental California mouse (Peromyscus californicus)...
August 1, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406977/separation-increases-passive-stress-coping-behaviors-during-forced-swim-and-alters-hippocampal-dendritic-morphology-in-california-mice
#12
Molly M Hyer, Erica R Glasper
Individuals within monogamous species form bonds that may buffer against the negative effects of stress on physiology and behavior. In some species, involuntary termination of the mother-offspring bond results in increased symptoms of negative affect in the mother, suggesting that the parent-offspring bond may be equally as important as the pair bond. To our knowledge, the extent to which affect in paternal rodents is altered by involuntary termination of the father-offspring bond is currently unknown. Here, we investigated to what extent separation and paternal experience alters passive stress-coping behaviors and dendritic morphology in hippocampal subfields of California mice (Peromyscus californicus)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399472/first-time-fathers-experiences-of-their-prenatal-preparation-in-relation-to-challenges-met-in-the-early-parenthood-period-implications-for-early-parenthood-preparation
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Petra Pålsson, Eva K Persson, Maria Ekelin, Inger Kristensson Hallström, Linda J Kvist
OBJECTIVE: to describe first-time fathers experiences of their prenatal preparation in relation to challenges met in the early parenthood period. DESIGN: a qualitative study was conducted and data was analysed with a phenomenographical approach. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: 15 first-time fathers were recruited from three postnatal units in southern Sweden and interviewed approximately one month after their baby was born. MEASUREMENTS AND FINDINGS: three categories and 14 conceptions about fathers' experiences of their preparation emerged from the data...
March 31, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366978/gender-parenthood-and-wage-differences-the-importance-of-time-consuming-job-characteristics
#14
Charlotta Magnusson, Magnus Nermo
Using data from the Swedish Level of Living Survey (2000, 2010), we investigate how the gender wage gap varies with occupational prestige and family status and also examine the extent to which this gap is explained by time-consuming working conditions. In addition, we investigate whether there is an association between parenthood, job characteristics and wage (as differentiated by gender). The analyses indicate that there are gender differences regarding prestige-based pay-offs among parents that are partly explained by fathers' greater access to employment characterized by time-consuming conditions...
2017: Social Indicators Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346297/exposure-to-mycophenolate-and-fatherhood
#15
Karsten Midtvedt, Stein Bergan, Anna Varberg Reisæter, Bjørn Egil Vikse, Anders Åsberg
BACKGROUND: Mycophenolic acid (MPA) is the active immunosuppressive substance in both mycophenolate mofetil and mycophenolate sodium, and it is widely used after organ transplantation. In women, taking MPA is teratogenic and may also influence spermatogenesis. There is a lack of knowledge regarding outcome of pregnancies fathered by men exposed to MPA. METHODS: We compared outcomes in pregnancies fathered by renal transplant men per whether they had been exposed to MPA or not at time of conception...
July 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333218/gay-fathers-motivations-for-and-feelings-about-surrogacy-as-a-path-to-parenthood
#16
L Blake, N Carone, E Raffanello, Jenna Slutsky, A A Ehrhardt, S Golombok
Study question: Why do gay men choose to start their families through surrogacy? Summary answer: Most fathers chose surrogacy because they considered adoption to be a less desirable and/or accessible path to parenthood. What is known already: Little is known of gay fathers' motivations to use surrogacy as a path to parenthood over and above other forms of family building, such as adoption, and no studies have examined fathers' satisfaction with the surrogacy process...
April 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315499/evaluation-of-the-decision-making-process-in-the-conservative-approach-to-small-testicular-masses
#17
Andrea Benelli, Virginia Varca, Lorenzo Derchi, Andrea Gregori, Giorgio Carmignani, Alchiede Simonato
INTRODUCTION: We evaluate the clinical outcome of patients treated with conservative approach for small testicular masses (STMs). We analyzed the steps who brought to the selection of the therapeutic approach: starting from clinical presentation, through imaging and lab studies. METHODS: We considered 18 patients who underwent an organ-sparing approach for STMs from 2005 until 2014. The selection criteria were dimension of the mass and absence of clinical, laboratory and/or radiological malignancy suspicion...
April 28, 2017: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283671/obesity-energy-balance-and-spermatogenesis
#18
Pedro Fontes Oliveira, Mario Sousa, Branca M Silva, Mariana P Monteiro, Marco G Alves
Obesity has grown to pandemic proportions. It affects an increasing number of children, adolescents and young adults exposed to the silent co-morbidities of this disorder for a longer period. Infertility has arisen as one important comorbidity associated with the energy dysfunction promoted by obesity. Spermatogenesis is a highly regulated process that is determined by specific energetic requirements. The reproductive potential of males relies on hormonal-dependent and independent stimuli that control sperm quality...
March 10, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278227/do-children-born-to-teenage-parents-have-lower-adult-intelligence-a-prospective-birth-cohort-study
#19
Mohsina Khatun, Abdullah Al Mamun, James Scott, Gail M William, Alexandra Clavarino, Jake M Najman
Teenage motherhood has been associated with a wide variety of negative offspring outcomes including poorer cognitive development. In the context of limitations of previous research, this paper assesses the contemporary relevance of this finding. In this study we investigate the long-term cognitive status (IQ) among 21 year adult offspring born to teenage parents using the Mater University Study of Pregnancy- a prospective birth cohort study, which recruited all pregnant mothers attending a large obstetrical hospital in Brisbane, Australia, from 1981 to 1983...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276920/getting-men-in-the-room-perceptions-of-effective-strategies-to-initiate-men-s-involvement-in-gender-based-violence-prevention-in-a-global-sample
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Erin A Casey, Cliff Leek, Richard M Tolman, Christopher T Allen, Juliana M Carlson
As engaging men in gender-based violence prevention efforts becomes an increasingly institutionalised component of gender equity work globally, clarity is needed about the strategies that best initiate male-identified individuals' involvement in these efforts. The purpose of this study was to examine the perceived relevance and effectiveness of men's engagement strategies from the perspective of men around the world who have organised or attended gender-based violence prevention events. Participants responded to an online survey (available in English, French and Spanish) and rated the effectiveness of 15 discrete engagement strategies derived from earlier qualitative work...
February 21, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
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