Friends, family, and foes: the influence of father’s social networks.

TitleFriends, family, and foes: the influence of father's social networks.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMurphy, A. Danielle, Gordon D., Sherrod H., Dancy V., & Kershaw T.
JournalAm J Mens Health
Date Published2013 May
KeywordsAdult, Attitude to Health, Connecticut, Fathers, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Male, Marriage, Middle Aged, Parent-Child Relations, Parenting, Peer Group, Social Behavior, Social Perception, Social Support, Young Adult

<p>Fathers can play an important role in child development and family functioning. However, little is known about the influence of paternal perceptions of fatherhood involvement or the influence of fathers' peer networks. We explored the network characteristics (density, closeness, and degree centrality) and peer norms regarding sex, fatherhood, and other risk behaviors of 52 urban adult males in New Haven, Connecticut. Results identify that engagement in high-risk sexual behavior was associated with fatherhood involvement, with 88% of less involved fathers engaging in high-risk sexual behavior (p = .004). Denser networks were positively correlated with unfavorable peer norms such as cheating on a partner or drinking or using drugs (p < .05). Our findings suggest that peer networks are important to father's health and behavior and that father's behaviors may be affected by peer norms. Interventions designed for men may be strengthened by including peers in programming and by addressing norms and norm changing.</p>

Alternate JournalAm J Mens Health
PubMed ID23184334
PubMed Central IDPMC3674848
Grant List5P30MH062294 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
P30 MH062294 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States