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

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Overview

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865692275
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/21/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

HENRY B. BILLER is Professor of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island, where he has taught since 1970.

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Table of Contents

Preface
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
Bibliography 255
Author Index 303
Subject Index 317
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