Conceiving a First Child: Fathers’ Perceptions of Contributing Elements to their Decision
Référence bibliographique 
Gauthier, Pascale. 2013. «Conceiving a First Child: Fathers’ Perceptions of Contributing Elements to their Decision ». Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, vol. 31, no 3, p. 274–284.
Intentions : «We seek to better understand men’s perceptions of the key elements contributing to their decision to conceive a first child.» (p. 275)
Échantillon/Matériau : «The participants were 12 French-speaking first-time fathers of one child aged 9–19 months (X = 11 months), originating from the province of Quebec, in Canada. The mean age of the 12 fathers was 29 years (range = 21–35), whereas the mean age of the mothers was 27 (range = 21–32).» (p. 276)
Instruments : Guide d’entretien
Type de traitement des données : Analyse de contenu
«In this study, data analysis has revealed that, for fathers, the decision to conceive arises when specific personal, interpersonal and contextual characteristics are attained, at a given time in their lives. For these fathers, personal characteristics included a long standing desire to become a father and to assure continuity of the family name. […] However, what stands out here is that the desire to become a father was ingrained long before these men had met their partner, to the point that, in some cases, it had influenced the choice of a partner, as they required a spouse who shared their dreams. The fathers’ personal characteristic of desiring to conceive a child was then a driving force, that was, in a sense, influenced by contextual characteristics, but in another sense, influenced the fathers’ other decisions. Among the interpersonal characteristics, the fathers’ desire for children was strengthened by certain predominant conditions, including that of having found the right partner. The fathers had trouble defining the ‘right person’: the concept is rather vague and seems to be constructed by their intuitions.» (p. 280-281)