Fatherhood as a personality development factor in men

Span J Psychol. 2007 May;10(1):82-90. doi: 10.1017/s1138741600006338.


The article represents an empirical study of paternity as a male personality development factor in men. Consensus is emerging that responsible fatherhood entitles the father to establish paternity, be present in the child's life, share economic support, and be personally involved in the child's life in collaboration with the mother. Literature reviews on fatherhood yield numerous empirical studies of specific fatherhood behaviors, whereas theory and the "bigger picture" have been notably insufficient. In the present article, problems of fatherhood in modern society, methodological problems of studying fathering, and cultural specifics of fatherhood are discussed. In addition, in order to aid further study of the phenomenon, the theoretically developed and experimentally approved model of the structure of paternity and the description of a specially developed training for fathers are presented. A principal finding of this report is that fatherhood is socially determined and influenced by contextual forces within the family and the community. The absence of a father-figure is detrimental to child personality development. At the same time, fatherhood can be a factor of male personality development of the father.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Education
  • Father-Child Relations
  • Gender Identity*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mother-Child Relations
  • Parenting / psychology
  • Paternal Deprivation
  • Paternity*
  • Personality Development*
  • Personality Inventory