The Role of the Father in Child Development. 5th Edition.

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Lamb, Michael E.
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This compendium includes contributions from international experts on the state of fatherhood across cultures, classes, economic systems, and family formations. It begins with a review of the evolution of the role of fathers in family life and research findings on the influences of fathers on children. Chapter 2 then analyzes the widespread belief that fathers' roles and patterns of influence on children's development are intricately linked to their masculinity, and Chapter 3 explores reasons why the concept of paternal involvement was originally conceived and operationalized and the pressing need to understand paternal involvement differently in the future. Chapter 4 addresses the development and significance of father-child relationships in two-parent families. Following chapters discuss: the value of viewing fathers in the context of a network of relationships within the family system; the impact of divorce and parental separation on children's well-being; how children and adolescents experience psychological pains as a result of separations and practices that can minimize the extent to which fathers disengage; fathers in fragile families; the social context and interpersonal complexity of stepfather relationships; characteristics of fathers from low-income backgrounds; gay fathers; fathering in Japan, China, and Korea; fathers and families in Africa; the role of fathers in hunter-gatherer and other small-scale cultures; fatherhood in the context of immigration; including fathers in clinical interventions for children and adolescents; fathers of children with developmental disabilities; father involvement and public policies; fathers, work, and family policies in Europe; and changing policies regarding separated fathers in Australia. Numerous references.


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