Involved Fathering and Men's Adult Development: Provisional Balances / Edition 1

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Involved Fathering and Men's Adult Development is an interdisciplinary book that synthesizes theoretical, empirical, and anecdotal writings from different fields and provides an analysis of extensive interviews with 40 fathers. Along with the exploration of the distinct contribution that fathers make to their children's development, the author pursues the parallel theme of the effect this involvement has on the fathers' own development in adulthood.

This book will provide its readers with a realistic and useful beginning point to bring a synthesis of developmental theories, family studies perspectives, and men's insights about fathering that will enhance our academic understanding of fathering and adult development. This book can also spark reflective and practical application for fathers and families, whether readers are academicians, practitioners, policymakers, or fathers in the trenches.

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With qualitative data based on interviews with fathers aged 20 to 45, Palkovitz (individual and family studies, U. of Delaware) investigates the effect of parenting on lifespan development from a developmental psychology perspective. After describing his theoretical model and the study design, he examines the results in such areas as emotional development, religious feeling, health, effects on intimate relationships and relationships with relatives, community involvement, and the work domain. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805835656
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: Foundations for Understanding Fathering and Development. The Effects of Parenting on Adult Development: What the Theories and Data Tell Us. A Research Plan: Forty Fathers, Their Situations, and What They Can Tell Us. Men's Construction of the Fathering Role: Balancing the Demands of What It Means to Be a Dad Today. Fathering and the Life Course. Part II: The Self Domain. Navigating the Emotional Currents of Fathering. Faith of Our Fathers: The Relationships Between Involved Fathering and Men's Faith, Morality, and Values. Fathering and Perceived Changes in Health. Part III: The Social Domain. Being a Father and Being a Husband: The Effects of Fathering on Intimate Relationships. Fathers in Families: The Effects of Engaged Fatherhood on Relationships With Relatives. The Social World of Fathers: Friends and Community Involvement. Part IV: The Work Domain. Provisional Balances: The Effects of Fathering on Work and Career Development. Part V: Summary, Evaluations, and Applications. Costs-Benefits Analyses. Provisional Balances Revisited. Appendices: Interview Schedule. Biographical Sketches of Study Participants.

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