Military Veterans and Fatherhood: An Intergenerational Impact
Bradley J. Schaffer

Objective: To identify military veterans and administer the fatherhood profile (FP) survey. This study focuses on a sample of 201 military veterans to ascertain the intergenerational impact of relationships with their fathers. Methods: The veterans completed the veteran FP survey to gage the life course status of their relationships with their father. Results: All were substance dependent, majority divorced and a significant minority (23%) reported exposure to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) while rearing and (11%) in their own family relationships. Veterans reported a range of 19-30% involvement while rearing in the four fathering dimensions while 8% had no involvement with their fathers. Conclusions: This sample shows the benefit of fatherhood psycho-education, therapeutic services that examine male socialization, the intergenerational impact and highlights the need for more research.

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