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2008 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: 22 pages || Words: 6557 words || 
1. Guzzo, Karen. "New Fathers’ Experiences with Their Own Fathers and Attitudes Toward Fathering" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Sheraton Boston and the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA, Jul 31, 2008 Online <PDF>. 2019-11-20 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This research examines how new fathers’ experiences with their own fathers impacts their attitudes toward fatherhood. Using the baseline father sample (n=3,652) of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Survey, I consider how family structure at age 15, the presence of a father-figure, and perceptions of their own father’s involvement are associated with four different indicators of attitudes toward fatherhood. I find that coresidence with a biological parent or having a father-figure is relatively unrelated to favorable paternal attitudes. Instead, men’s perceptions of their own father's involvement are important – compared to men who reported having a highly involved father, men whose fathers were less involved place less importance on the father’s role as providing financial support, providing direct care, or acting as an authority figure. Interestingly, men who did not know their father, though, are not significantly different in their paternal attitudes than men whose fathers were highly involved.

2006 - XVth Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies Words: 355 words || 
2. Mendonça, Julia., Cossette, Louise., Strayer, F.. and Gravel, France. "The origins of father-child security of attachment: a comparison of fathers' and mothers' attachment representations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the XVth Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Westin Miyako, Kyoto, Japan, Jun 19, 2006 <Not Available>. 2019-11-20 <>
Publication Type: Individual Poster
Abstract: Background and Aims: Past studies have revealed that paternal sensitivity is only moderately related to the child's security of attachment to his/her father. Other types of father's behaviors may be more influential in determining the child's security of attachment. The objective of this study was to better understand the origins of father-child attachment by comparing fathers’ and mothers’ representations of their attachment relationship with their child.
Method: The quality of mother-child and father-child attachment relationship to their two-year-old child was evaluated using the Attachment Q. sort (Waters & Deane, 1985). Based on the conceptual content areas suggested by Waters and Deane (1985), the attachment data were analyzed using the procedure proposed by Strayer et al. (1995). The attachment dimensions considered were: proximity-exploration balance, differential responsiveness, positive affect, sociability, independence, and social perceptiveness.
Key Results: Cluster analyses revealed four distinct attachment profiles for fathers as well as for mothers: two secure and two insecure. ANOVAs were used to compare these profiles. The attachment scale that is the most significant at discriminating father-child profiles - independence – was found to be the least significant at discriminating mother-child profiles (² = 66% for fathers and ² = 34% for mothers). The attachment scale that is the most significant at discriminating mother-child profiles - the proximity-exploration balance - has only a moderate impact in discriminating the fathers’ profiles (² = 54% for fathers and ² = 69% for mothers).
Conclusion: Fathers are more likely to value the child’s independency and seem to be more concerned with the exploration side of the proximity-exploration balance than mothers are. In agreement with several other studies (Grossmann et al., 1998, 1999, 2002; Volling & Belsky, 1992), we can hypothesize that the father-child attachment bond emerges mainly in playful contexts involving active exploration. The father-child attachment system thus seems to be closely related to the child’s exploratory system.

2011 - National Women's Studies Association Words: 102 words || 
3. Lewis, Heidi Renee. "“Trying to Have a Place in an Area I had Nearly Destroyed”: Father-Daughter Relationships as Womanist Theory in By the Light of My Father’s Smile" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Women's Studies Association, SHERATON HOTEL (DOWNTOWN) ATLANTA, Atlanta, GA, <Not Available>. 2019-11-20 <>
Publication Type: Individual Paper
Abstract: In this paper, I examine father-daughter relationships in Alice Walker’s By the Light of My Father’s Smile. Walker posits the father-daughter relationship as a contested space through which black fathers and daughters can resist tensions that have plagued black male-female relationships for decades. Womanism functions in the novel as the mode of inquiry and paradigm for change Walker suggests we engage to understand the experiences of black women and men and to imagine healthy black-male female relationships. In this way, Walker significantly reconstructs the terrain of black feminist/womanist thought, since black male-female relationships are unhinged at an unfamiliar location.

2004 - American Sociological Association Pages: 32 pages || Words: 7543 words || 
4. Bierman, Alex. "Reconciling Conflicting Theories of the Effects of Childhood Maltreatment on Adult Religiosity and Spirituality: Rejecting God the Father Because of Abusive Fathers" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Hilton San Francisco & Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco, CA,, Aug 14, 2004 Online <.PDF>. 2019-11-20 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Current theories offer conflicting accounts of the effects of childhood maltreatment on adult religiosity, while, in empirical research, use of probability sampling is rare, as is a focus on non-sexual forms of abuse, and research often does not control for risk factors for abuse which may also affect adult religiosity. In this research, I synthesize these theories by focusing on how the effects of abuse may vary, depending on the source of maltreatment, and I test this synthesis by examining the effects of non-sexual forms of abuse on adult religiosity in a nationally representative sample of adults at midlife. Several of the effects of maltreatment on religiosity are reduced to non-significance by controlling for risk factors, but non-sexual abuse by fathers is related to decreases in religiosity for men and women, while abuse from outside of the immediate family is related to increases in self-perception of spirituality for women. These results are interpreted in light of the theoretical synthesis.

2006 - American Sociological Association Pages: 24 pages || Words: 5897 words || 
5. Liu, Chieh-Wen. "The Association between Father-Mother Relationship and Father Involvement in Fragile Family" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal Convention Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Aug 10, 2006 Online <PDF>. 2019-11-20 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore the association between father-mother relationship and father involvement in fragile family. The sample included 2,643 unwed fathers who completed the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study baseline interview. The results showed the focal relationship between father-mother relationship and father involvement was statistically significant. That is, unwed fathers who had a more steady relationship with child’s mother tended to have higher father involvement than fathers who had a less steady relationship with child’s mother. Fatherhood role identity did not mediate effect focal relationship. Residential status was a significant moderator of the focal relationship. Finally, work status was also a significant predictor of father involvement. To develop and implement parenting programs for unwed fathers, program should highlight how to create a good parental relationship and start early when the baby is delivered in the hospital. In addition, social workers should focus on target fathers who are still involved with their children and child’s mother and do regular home visitation. Finally, enhanced job opportunities for unwed fathers may foster their assumption of parental obligations.

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