Responsible fathering: An overview and conceptual framework

William J. Doherty, Edward F. Kouneski, Martha F. Erickson

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This article defines responsible fathering, summarizes the relevant research, and presents a systemic, ecological framework to organize research and programmatic work in this area. A principal finding is that fathering is influenced, even more than mothering, by contextual factors in the family and community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-292
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1998


  • Coparental relationship
  • Divorce
  • Family relations and dynamics
  • Father-child relationship
  • Fathers
  • Parenting

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