Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts Honours
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
Dr Lisbeth Pike
Dr Paul Murphy
This paper considers the ways men succeed or grow stronger (strengths perspectives) in the transition to fatherhood. Becoming a father is a normative life event for a man that presents a unique opportunity for developmental growth. This aspect of fatherhood has rarely been addressed in psychological literature despite the growing interest in fatherhood and strengths perspectives. An overview is given of fathering literature with attention to the transition to fatherhood, positive outcomes and strengths, and recent Australian studies. Models and classifications of strengths are introduced, including findings from the positive psychology movement (C. Peterson & M. E. P. Seligman, 2004) and family strengths model (J. DeFrain, 1999). Finally, applications of strengths perspectives to the transition to fatherhood are discussed, and suggestions are made regarding future research.
Cooke, D. C. (2004). Men's Strengths in the Transition to Fatherhood. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses_hons/958