Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Liberal Arts

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Fred Jay Krieg

Second Advisor

Elizabeth K. Boyles

Third Advisor

Tony R. Goudy

Fourth Advisor

Stephen O’Keefe


While changes in women during a pregnancy are apparent, changes in the expectant father are not. However, research has documented the behavioral and attitudinal changes that take place in the soon to be father. The current study investigated which assessment measures of the behavioral dimension, which included anxiety, narcissism, and self-esteem, would correlate with each other to predict a behavior change. Correlations were also measured between variables of the behavioral dimension and perceived social support. Results found a significant positive correlation between self-esteem and narcissism. A significant negative correlation was found between self-esteem and perceived social support. It appears as though the self-esteem measure has the most predictive power of the behavioral dimension. However, limitations in this data sample limit the power of this result. Implications to resolve this limitation in future research are delineated in the study.


Fatherhood – Psychological aspects.