Real and Imaginary Fathers: Development, Transference, and Healing

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"This is a day and age of diminished presence of the nuclear family, a high incidence of divorce, multiple diverse family arrangements, an increase in single-parent families, and an abundance of childhood distress. Absent fathers are ubiquitous. It has become urgent, demanding, pressing that we understand the father’s contribution and what is lost in his absence. It requires our immediate and most serious attention." —Ruth M.S. Fischer
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Overview

"This is a day and age of diminished presence of the nuclear family, a high incidence of divorce, multiple diverse family arrangements, an increase in single-parent families, and an abundance of childhood distress. Absent fathers are ubiquitous. It has become urgent, demanding, pressing that we understand the father’s contribution and what is lost in his absence. It requires our immediate and most serious attention." —Ruth M.S. Fischer
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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin Of The Menninger Clinic
The quality of presentations is consistent with the high caliber we have come to expect of this series and the volume as a whole makes a valuable contribution to a deepening understanding and appreciation of the vital role of fathers in the developmental experience of children of both genders. Students of child development and particularly practicing child analysts and psychiatrists will welcome these reflections.
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic: A Journal for the Mental Health Professions
The quality of presentations is consistent with the high caliber we have come to expect of this series and the volume as a whole makes a valuable contribution to a deepening understanding and appreciation of the vital role of fathers in the developmental experience of children of both genders. Students of child development and particularly practicing child analysts and psychiatrists will welcome these reflections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765703484
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Margaret S. Mahler Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Salman Akhtar, M.D., is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College, lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. Henri Parens is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Fathers History and Psychoanalysis Chapter 2 Father Hunger: Fighting and Coexistence Chapter 3 Making a Case for Father Hunger in Girls Chapter 4 Fathers and Young Children: Longitudinal Lessons on Autonomy, Gatekeeping, Overnights, Etc Chapter 5 Further Thoughts on The Role of Fathers in Psychic Development Chapter 6 Celluloid Fathers: The Depiction of Paternal Function in Some Recent Movies Chapter 7 The Failures of Paternal Function and Their Compensations Chapter 8 The Experience of Becoming and Being a New Father Chapter 9 The Baby as a Transference Object for the Father Chapter 10 What Is the Father to the Child?
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