Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 8–21 | Cite as

Psychodynamic and developmental aspects of expectant and new fatherhood: Clinical derivatives from the literature

  • Luis H. Zayas


Expectant and new fatherhood has received increasing attention in the literature. During this major adult transitional period, earlier developmental conflicts are reactivated. These in turn influence adaptation to current life processes, consistent with psychoanalytic theory. Three major psychodynamic and developmental findings that repeatedly emerge in the literature—rearoused sibling rivalry, intensified dependency needs, and reawakened oedipal conflicts—are delineated. Less prominent psychosocial manifestations reported in the literature are also identified and discussed. Knowledge of the psychodynamic and developmental issues of this life transition is helpful to clinicians.


Transitional Period Life Process Developmental Aspect Life Transition Current Life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis H. Zayas
    • 1
  1. 1.Columbia University School of Social WorkNew York

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