- Involved fathering and men's adult development: Provisional balances
Author: Palkowitz, R.
Publisher: Mahwah, NJ, US: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
ABSTRACT: Synthesizes theoretical and empirical writings from different fields to bring forth understanding of the relationships between fathering and men's adult development. This book synthesizes theory and empirical evidence from the fields of life span development and family studies and provides analysis of 40 in-depth interviews with a diverse group of fathers between the ages of 20-45 yrs to further the understanding of the relationships between parenting and adult development. It is maintained that this is an ideal book for scholars in developmental psychology, family studies, adult development, and men's studies and can serve as a supplemental text for upper-level courses in this area. It is noted that this book will be of interest to lay readers as well because of general interest in this topic, the inclusion of many diverse fathers' voices, and the writing style of the author.
- The role of the father in child development
Author: Lamb, Michael E. (Ed)
Publisher: New York: John Wiley & Sons
ABSTRACT: Edited by Dr. Michael Lamb — the recognized authority on the role of fathers in child development, The Role of the Father in Child Development, Fifth Edition brings together contributions from international experts on each subject to provide a thorough and current summary of the state of fatherhood across cultures, classes, economic systems, and family formations. This classic guide offers a single-source reference for the most recent findings and beliefs related to fathers and fatherhood. This thoroughly updated new edition provides the latest material on topics such as:
- The effects of divorce
- Fathers from low-income backgrounds
- Stepfathers' lives: exploring social context and interpersonal complexity
- Social policy
- Gay fathers
- Fatherhood and masculinity
- National Center on Fathers and Families
Type of Site: education
ABSTRACT: An interdisciplinary policy research center, NCOFF is dedicated to research and practice that expands the knowledge base on father involvement and family development, and that informs policy designed to improve the well-being of children. NCOFF's primary goals are to:
- Expand the knowledge base on father involvement, family efficacy, and child well-being within multiple disciplines through research and development, integrated discussion, and information building
- Strengthen practice through practitioner-targeted conversations, information dissemination, and collaborative activities
- Contribute to critical policy discussions by creating a coherent agenda of work that is built around existing and emerging local, state, and federal efforts
Type of Site: educational
ABSTRACT: Fatherwork provides stories, ideas, and activities to encourage generative fathering. Fatherwork contains over 300 pages of information including stories from fathers illustrating "fatherwork" in various contexts, ideas on generative fathering including theory and metaphors, and hundred of activities that fathers can do with children of various ages.
- National Fatherhood Initiative
ABSTRACT: National Fatherhood Initiative's Mission: To improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.
We strive to ensure a brighter future for America's youth. By equipping and educating fathers, we're working on an issue that is at the core of our nation's well-being.
- Intergenerational transmission of fathering roles in at risk families
Author: Furstenberg, F. F. & Weiss, C.C.
Journal: Marriage and Family Review Volume: 29
ABSTRACT: Examines the long-term consequences of paternal involvement for a sample of young men, with the intent being to examine whether patterns of fatherhood are transmitted across generations. Initially, a theoretical framework is discussed that has led researchers to expect that patterns of fatherhood will be produced across generations. Data from the Baltimore Parenthood Study were used, a 30-yr longitudinal study that has followed the reproductive patterns of teenage parents and their children. A subsample of 110 males were examined with an occasional reference made to a subsample of females. Results indicated that a strong link existed between the stable presence of a biological father in the histories of the young men and the timing of their own family formation. Early fatherhood, both during the teen years and early 30s, is much more likely to occur if young men did not grow up living with their own fathers. Moreover, early fatherhood is somewhat more likely to occur if the young men did not have a stepfather in the past who was a stable presence in the home. Young fathers were also less likely to be living with their children if their own fathers had not lived in residence with them throughout childhood.
- Fathers do make a difference: Parental involvement and adolescent alcohol use
Author: Goncy, E. A., & van Dulmen, M. H. M.
Journal: Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers, volume 8, number 1
ABSTRACT: Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N = 9,148), we examined the relationship between dimensions of parent-child involvement (shared communication, shared activity participation, and emotional closeness) and three adolescent alcohol outcomes (alcohol use, alcohol related problems, and risky behavior co-occurring with alcohol use). This paper addresses previous limitations in fathering research by investigating both paternal and maternal involvement in understanding adolescent alcohol outcomes. When analyzed simultaneously, both shared communication with fathers and emotional closeness to fathers, but not shared activity participation, had a unique impact on each alcohol outcome, above and beyond maternal involvement factors. Implications for theory and research on parental involvement are discussed.
- Scholarship on fatherhood in the 1990's and beyond
Author: Marsiglio, W., Amato, P., Day, R.D., & Lamb, M.E.
Journal: Journal of Marriage and the Family
ABSTRACT: Notes that throughout the 1990s, scholars interested in fatherhood have generated a voluminous, rich, and diverse body of work. This literature is selectively reviewed with an eye toward prominent theoretical, methodological, and substantive issues. This burgeoning literature, complemented by social policy makers' heightened interest in fathers and families, focuses on fatherhood in at least 4 key ways. First, theorists have studied fatherhood as a cultural representation that is expressed through different sociocultural processes and embedded in a larger ecological context. Second, researchers have conceptualized and examined the diverse forms of fatherhood and father involvement. Third, attempts have been made to identify the linkages between dimensions of the father-child relationship and developmental outcomes among children and fathers. Fourth, scholars have explored the father identity as part of a reciprocal process negotiated by men, children, mothers, and other interested parties. The review highlights research that examines the relationships between dimensions of the father-child relationship and children's well-being and development.