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Fathering at Risk

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The decline of fatherhood is one of the most serious problems currently facing our society. While in 1960 both fathers and mothers were present in almost 81 percent of family households, by 1990 both parents were present in only 58 percent of family households. Unfortunately, this negative trend has continued into the new century.
This in-depth and informative study of fathering at risk emphasizes the importance of a father’s presence in a child’s life, and then concentrates on ...

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Overview

The decline of fatherhood is one of the most serious problems currently facing our society. While in 1960 both fathers and mothers were present in almost 81 percent of family households, by 1990 both parents were present in only 58 percent of family households. Unfortunately, this negative trend has continued into the new century.
This in-depth and informative study of fathering at risk emphasizes the importance of a father’s presence in a child’s life, and then concentrates on what society can do to reverse the dangerous trend toward absentee fathers. Utilizing a strengths perspective, the authors move beyond the realm of theory to present a selection of policy initiatives and program strategies that have been successful in helping unmarried fathers, teenage fathers, and divorced noncustodial fathers. These include alternatives to welfare, initiatives to involve teenage fathers, family-sensitive employment policies, innovative intervention models for helping unmarried nonresidential fathers, and post-divorce educational and mediation programs that stress the continuing cooperation of the divorced partners for the sake of their children’s welfare.
Complete with case studies, discussion questions at the end of each chapter, an appendix of father’s organizations and web sites, plus numerous references for further reading, this thoroughly researched and forward-looking discussion makes an excellent contribution to addressing a serious social problem.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591021292
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 12/25/2003
  • Pages: 327
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

James R. Dudley, Ph.D. (Charlotte, NC), is professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a licensed clinical social worker, a former associate of the Fathers Center (Philadelphia, PA) and the Philadelphia Society to Protect Children, and a consulting editor for Family Relations.
Glenn Stone, Ph.D. (Oxford, OH), is assistant professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; a licensed clinical social worker; a marital and family therapist; and a consulting editor for the Journal of Genetic Psychology.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Pt. I Why Fathering Is at Risk
1 What Is the Problem? 3
2 Profiles of Three Groups of Nonresidential Fathers 32
3 What We Know and What We Hope For 60
Pt. II What We Can Do
4 Principles and Strategies for Promoting Effective Fathering 81
Pt. III Professional Practice Considerations in Work With Fathers at Risk
5 Assessment Issues for Practice With Nonresidential Fathers 105
6 Individual, Family, and Group Services for Nonresidential Fathers 129
Pt. IV Policies and Programs to Assist Fathers at Risk
7 A Place to Begin: Conducting a Community Needs-Assessment 161
8 Policy Initiatives That support Active Fathering 179
9 Programs for Preparing Teenagers for Fatherhood 198
10 Programs for Adult Unmarried Nonresidential Fathers 224
11 Postdivorce Educational Strategies 244
12 Mediating Co-Parenting Agreements 262
Afterword: Visioning a Future for Fathering 292
App Fathers' Organizations and Web Sites 298
References 300
Index 318
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