Fathers, Caregiving and Work

Fathers, Caregiving and Work

Compiled by Mikaela Marmion and Kelly Siss

Topic Page Advisor:
Andrea Doucet and Margaret O'Brien 

A Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Fathers, Caregiving and Work (2010)

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has prepared Fact Sheets which provide statistical answers to some important questions about work-family and work/life issues.

Click here to download the Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Fathers, Caregiving and Work: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/FactSheet_Fathers.pdf

Fathers and Depression (2007)

This brief gives data on fathers’ depression after the birth of a child. Broadly, it demonstrates that men who are fathers are less likely to be depressed than women, mothers, and their childless counterparts.

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse. (2007). Fathers and depression. Retrieved from


Immigrant Fathers (2008)

“This fact sheet provides statistics from 2001 on fathers' age distribution, household income distribution, residential status, marital and cohabitation status, region of origin, and educational attainment distribution for U.S.-born infants by father's nativity”

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse. (2008). Immigrant fathers. Retrieved from http://fatherhood.gov/about-us/nrfc-resources/nrfc-quick-statistics

Fathers and Incarceration (2008)

This fact sheet explores the difficulties facing incarcerated fathers, their partners, and their children. It provides definitions and statistics about how these fathers provide care for their children.

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse. (2008). Fathers and incarceration. Retrieved from


Father Involvement (2008)

“This fact sheet provides statistics on resident fathers' involvement with their children in various activities during 2001-2002.”

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse. (2008). Father involvement. Retrieved from http://fatherhood.gov/about-us/nrfc-resources/nrfc-quick-statistics

Nonresident Fathers (2008)

“This fact sheet provides statistics on nonresident and resident fathers by age, education level, and race/ethnicity, as well as statistics on involvement in activities with their children based on living arrangements.”

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse. (2008). Nonresident fathers. Retrieved from http://fatherhood.gov/about-us/nrfc-resources/nrfc-quick-statistics

Fact Sheet on Father Absence (n.d.)

This brief gives some facts and demographics about father-absent families.

Reconciled Fathers Ministry. (n.d.). Fact sheet on father absence. Retrieved from http://rfathers.net/blog/fact-sheet-on-father-absence/

The Essence of Responsible Fatherhood (2000)

“Ken Canfield, President of the National Center for Fathering, has developed a framework that summarizes the growing body of empirical research and literature on fathering (Canfield, 1999). This four-part framework, which serves as a valuable guide for discussing the essence of responsible fatherhood, consists of the following dimensions: involvement, consistency, awareness, and nurturance.”

Texas Cooperative Extension. (2000). The essence of responsible fatherhood. Retrieved from http://fcs.tamu.edu/families/parenting/fathering/fathering_text/responsible_fatherhood.php

Workplace Tensions Rise as Dads Seek Family Time (2007)

 Armour, S. (2007). Workplace tensions rise as dads seek family time. USA Today. Retrieved from http://www.usatoday.com/money/workplace/2007-12-10-working-dads_N.htm

This USA Today article details increasingly different views in the workplace of the role of father. Given that many men have differing ideas of how much time they should be spending time with their family versus time at work, tensions have arisen within companies.

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