Association Among Father Involvement, Partner Violence, and Paternal Health

UN Multi-Country Cross-Sectional Study on Men and Violence

Edward Ko Ling Chan, Clifton R. Emery, Emma Fulu, Richard M. Tolman, Patrick Ip

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Abstract

Introduction The influence of father involvement on intimate partner violence (IPV) and men's health is poorly understood. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of six aspects of father involvement in delivery and child care, and to explore their individual associations with IPV against women and paternal health in an Asia-Pacific context. Methods This study analyzed data from the 2011–2012 UN Multi-Country Cross-Sectional Study on Men and Violence, which surveyed >10,000 men from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Sri Lanka. Multivariate regression analyses were conducted in 2016 to examine the associations among father involvement, IPV, and paternal health. Results The sample comprised 6,184 men (aged 18–49 years) who had at least one child. The prevalence ranged from 40.0% to 62.9% across different aspects of father involvement. Presence at prenatal visits, taking paternity leave, and helping children with homework were associated with a reduced likelihood of IPV against women (all p<0.05). When possible confounding factors were adjusted for, father involvement accounted for 2% of the variance of men's perceived health, 4% of depression, and 2% of life satisfaction (all p<0.05). Conclusions Father involvement may be beneficial in reducing IPV and improving paternal health. More family-friendly policies should be adopted by policymakers to promote father involvement throughout pregnancy to improve family well-being and child development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-679
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May 1

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United Nations
Violence
Fathers
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health
Men's Health
Parental Leave
Family Planning Policy
Cambodia
Papua New Guinea
Sri Lanka
Bangladesh
Indonesia
Women's Health
Child Care
Child Development
China
Multivariate Analysis
Regression Analysis
Intimate Partner Violence

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  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Chan, Edward Ko Ling ; Emery, Clifton R. ; Fulu, Emma ; Tolman, Richard M. ; Ip, Patrick. / Association Among Father Involvement, Partner Violence, and Paternal Health : UN Multi-Country Cross-Sectional Study on Men and Violence. In: American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2017 ; Vol. 52, No. 5. pp. 671-679.
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In: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Vol. 52, No. 5, 01.05.2017, p. 671-679.

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