Fathers And Families

Fathers And Families

by Henry Biller
     
 

Biller, well known for his extensive research into the impacts of involved fathering or the absence thereof, provides a comprehensive, straightforward analysis of just how important paternal involvement really is. He describes the great advantages accruing to a child when the father, as well as the mother, actively participates in the parenting process. Fathers who

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Biller, well known for his extensive research into the impacts of involved fathering or the absence thereof, provides a comprehensive, straightforward analysis of just how important paternal involvement really is. He describes the great advantages accruing to a child when the father, as well as the mother, actively participates in the parenting process. Fathers who sustain high interest and a true presence in a child's nurturing significantly influence body image, self-esteem, moral standards, intellectual achievement, and social competency. The benefits, Biller shows, extend beyond the father-child relationship and include heightened spousal satisfaction and a sense of overall family well-being. The reciprocal influences of father, mother, and child development, are considered within a lifespan biopsychosocial perspective.

This is an important and compelling treatment of a topic of immense concern not only to individual families but to society as a whole. Biller, by relating specific issues to fathers' roles and influences, offers the first integrated analysis of just how important a father's caring presence and active involvement is to his child's—and spouse's—psychosocial well-being. This balanced study of paternal factors addresses not only such issues as nurturance, discipline, and the cultivation of self-esteem, intelligence, and creativity but also family problems so evident in current society. There is a thorough analysis concerning complex connections among gender roles, parenting, and personality development. The work is highly substantive, realistic, and encouraging in its potential for guidance and offers insightful, useful conclusions on paternal behavior and influences.

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Biller, well known for his extensive research into the impact of involved fathering or the absence thereof, provides a comprehensive analysis of the advantages accruing to a child when the father, as well as the mother, actively participates in the parenting process-- advantages in the areas of body image, self-esteem, moral standards, intellectual achievement, and social competency. He considers the reciprocal influences of father, mother, and child development within a lifespan biopsychosocial perspective. Paper edition (unseen), $19. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865692084
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/30/1993
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

HENRY B. BILLER is Professor of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island, where he has taught since 1970. He is a consulting editor to Archives of Sexual Behavior and Sex Roles and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. He has contributed to Annual Progress in Child Psychiatry and Child-Development and The Handbook of Developmental Psychology, and he is the author and co-author of eight books including Father Power and Child Maltreatment and Paternal Deprivation. A developmental clinical psychologist, he has worked with a variety of human service organizations serving parents and children.

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