HENRY B. BILLER is Professor of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island, where he has taught since 1970.
Fathers and Families: Paternal Factors in Child Development / Edition 1by Henry B. 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… See more details below
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'sand spouse'spsychosocial 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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Table of Contents
|Ch. 1||The Two-Parent Advantage||1|
|Ch. 2||Father, Mother and Infant||10|
|Ch. 3||Partners in Parenting||26|
|Ch. 4||Gender, Individuality and Identity||53|
|Ch. 5||Nurturance, Discipline and Morality||75|
|Ch. 6||Intelligence and Creativity||95|
|Ch. 7||Family, School and Education||114|
|Ch. 8||Assertiveness and Independence||133|
|Ch. 9||Body Image, Athletics and Fitness||153|
|Ch. 10||Intimacy, Sexuality and Social Adjustment||172|
|Ch. 11||Child and Family Problems||194|
|Ch. 12||Family, Community and Society||234|
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