By W. Goldberg

Men's organic clocks will not be ticking loudly, yet what concerning the social clock? Are there advantages to being in-step with social norms for the timing of parenthood? In a transparent and available variety, this ebook examines the benefits and drawbacks of early, on-time, and not on time first fatherhood. The booklet contains a foreword through Ross D. Parke.

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616). 8%) who responded to the social clock question in our sample endorsed the notion of a social clock – a cultural norm for the appropriate timing of fatherhood. 8%) were unsure. 323, ns), which indicates that the social clock construct is not a proxy for paternal age. A related question gets at how men felt they were doing for their age: Were they ahead, behind, or in line with the social norms for becoming a parent? When asked in the interview whether they perceived that they were “in-step” with the social clock for the timing of fatherhood, 35% of the men in our sample said “yes” they were in-step, 23% said “no,” and the remaining men were “unsure” or did not answer the question.

Chapter 8: Any time for fun? Does leisure time fly out the window with father time? How do new fathers hold onto personal time and how do they spend their nonwork, non-family hours? What types of activities do they enjoy doing alone and with friends? How often do they engage in leisure activities once they become fathers? In this chapter, we investigate how early, on-time, and delayed timing groups of men differ in their expectations regarding the effects of the baby on leisure time and activities.

How do these psychological factors operate on childbearing? From one theoretical perspective (Miller, 1994) that draws on a theory of reasoned action, motives for wanting children and attitudes toward children and parenthood become transformed into decisions and intentions about childbearing, which then lead to behaviors that promote fertility. The personality traits of nurturance, affiliation, and autonomy are strong predictors of the motivation to have children (Miller, 1995), as are life-cycle experiences (Miller, 1992).

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