Fathers and Families: Paternal Factors in Child Development / Edition 1

Fathers and Families: Paternal Factors in Child Development / Edition 1

by 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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865692275
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/21/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.92(d)
Lexile:
1360L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1The Two-Parent Advantage1
Ch. 2Father, Mother and Infant10
Ch. 3Partners in Parenting26
Ch. 4Gender, Individuality and Identity53
Ch. 5Nurturance, Discipline and Morality75
Ch. 6Intelligence and Creativity95
Ch. 7Family, School and Education114
Ch. 8Assertiveness and Independence133
Ch. 9Body Image, Athletics and Fitness153
Ch. 10Intimacy, Sexuality and Social Adjustment172
Ch. 11Child and Family Problems194
Ch. 12Family, Community and Society234
Bibliography255
Author Index303
Subject Index317

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