Precursors to Paternal Identity: Antecedents and Consequences of Metaparenting

Master's Thesis


The present study explored the antecedents and consequences of metaparenting, or a mental plan for parenting, in a diverse sample of fathers (n = 66). Cross sectional data were drawn from a larger longitudinal project that interviewed fathers four times over the first two years of their children’s lives. Childhood residential status and positive role models were found to relate to fathers’ internal working models of parenting as measured by metaparenting. Higher levels of metaparenting led to more authoritative parenting, greater knowledge of child development, lower stress, and less abuse potential, when controlling for paternal age and intelligence. The results suggested that past experiences influenced fathers’ internal working models of parenting and their ability to metaparent. In turn, metaparenting influenced parenting effectiveness.


Attribute NameValues
  • etd-07192006-142600

Author Jody Samantha Nicholson
Advisor John G. Borkowski
Contributor Dawn Gondoli, Committee Member
Contributor John G. Borkowski, Committee Chair
Contributor Julie Braungart-Rieker, Committee Member
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Psychology
Degree Name MA
Defense Date
  • 2006-06-14

Submission Date 2006-07-19
  • United States of America

  • parenting

  • metaparenting

  • father

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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