Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood

A healthy marriage can be defined as partners perceiving a marriage with a high degree of quality, satisfaction, and stability, and with generally low levels of hostility. Responsible fatherhood is closely linked with healthy marriage. It can be thought of as including three primary areas: accessibility (being available for the child), engagement (spending time with a child), and responsibility (being a reliable caregiver and financial provider for the child). This entry provides a brief overview of associations between healthy marriage, responsible fatherhood, and positive child outcomes in married, heterosexual households.

Marital Relationship and Responsible Fathers

Better marital quality has been linked to fathers having better well-being in the parental role, higher levels of parental involvement, and more positive parenting behaviors. Marital happiness for fathers, on average, is ...

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