Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Liberal Arts

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Fred Jay Krieg

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Kelley Boyles

Third Advisor

Tony Goudy

Fourth Advisor

Stephen O’Keefe


Thirty married men who were expecting their first child were tested in the first, second, and third trimesters of pregnancy with the Index of Self Esteem to see if the subjects experienced a significant drop in self esteem during the course of pregnancy. The current study focused on the attitudinal and behavioral changes in the subjects as measured by the index of self-esteem. A decrease in self-esteem of the expectant fathers was not found, however the lack of diversity within the sample may account for the results. It would be necessary to conduct more extensive research to be more representative of the general population.


Fatherhood -- Psychological aspects.

Self-esteem -- Testing.