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Father Time: The Social Clock and the Timing of Fatherhood


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Wendy A. Goldberg
    Pages 1-18
  3. Wendy A. Goldberg
    Pages 19-27
  4. Wendy A. Goldberg
    Pages 28-40
  5. Wendy A. Goldberg
    Pages 117-129
  6. Wendy A. Goldberg
    Pages 130-148
  7. Wendy A. Goldberg
    Pages 149-169
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 170-232

About this book


Men's biological clocks may not be ticking loudly, but what about the social clock? Are there benefits to being in-step with social norms for the timing of parenthood? In a clear and accessible style, this book examines the advantages and disadvantages of early, on-time, and delayed first fatherhood. The book includes a foreword by Ross D. Parke.


Fathers fatherhood transition to parenthood adult development men's lives social clock psychological clock adaptation adjustment first-time parenthood marriage work well-being motivation leisure intergenerational identity personality father Involvement

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, School of Social EcologyUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

About the authors

Wendy A. Goldberg is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior in the School of Social Ecology and in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, USA. She has studied fathers and fatherhood for over 30 years and has published numerous scholarly articles and an edited volume about fathers and about the transition to parenthood.

Bibliographic information


“Wendy Goldberg … examines the timing of fatherhood exploring the impact of this important life stage on men’s lives. … This book has given me a fresh perspective on the role of fathers and what influences them, which will impact on my work with families. … because this is a sound piece of research into an understudied area I think it makes an important contribution to the literature.” (Jo Allen, The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Vol. 15, December, 2015)