Study Shows Which Expectant Dads May Adjust Easier to Fatherhood

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It’s natural for first-time expectant parents to wonder how they’ll fare once the baby arrives. According to a new study, a five-minute role-play done with first-time dads-to-be before baby arrives may help predict their parenting.

The study, published in the Journal of Family Psychology, involved researchers visiting the homes of and videotaping 182 expectant fathers during their partner’s third trimester of pregnancy. It’s important to note that these couples are also participants of the New Parents Project, which looks primarily at how highly-educated, dual-earning couples adjust to becoming first-time parents. The New Parents Project is also co-led by Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, co-author of the study and professor of psychology at Ohio State.

The researchers observed how the men interacted with a doll they were told represented the baby they were about to have and rated them…

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