Fatherhood: can help change a man's bad habits.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Fatherhood (Behavior)
Risk assessment (Research)
Pub Date: 09/22/2011
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Fall-Winter, 2011 Source Volume: 14 Source Issue: 3
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Product: Product Code: 9912200 Venture Analysis
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 277270191
Full Text: After men become fathers for the first time, they show significant decreases in crime, tobacco, and alcohol use, according to a new, 19-year study.

"These decreases were in addition to the general tendency of boys to engage less in these types of behaviors as they approach and enter adulthood," said David Kerr, assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University and lead author of the study. "Controlling for the aging process, fatherhood was an independent factor in predicting decreases in crime, alcohol and tobacco use."

"This research suggests that fatherhood can be a transformative experience, even for men engaging in high risk behavior," he said. "This presents a unique window of opportunity for intervention, because new fathers might be especially willing and ready to hear a more positive message and make behavioral changes." The study was published in the current issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family. Collaborators included the Oregon Social Learning Center in Eugene, Ore., and the University of Houston.

Oregon State University (2011, Nov 8). Fatherhood can help change a man's bad habits. ScienceDaily. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111107161800.htm
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